There are times when I wonder how someone my age comes across to the young teens with whom I work. I’m not in the least hesitant to tell them how old I am. The subject came up in a disarming way during a recent visit with a boy who was being released after a long stay in detention. I asked what the experience had taught him. He said that he had learned a lot about God and the Bible while he was there and assured me that he wasn’t going to forget it when he got home.
He was profuse in his expressions of gratitude to me for spending time with him while he was there. I was basking in the glow of his affirmations when he said, and I quote, "I really appreciate you for coming out here to teach us. Here you are at your age spending some of your last days trying to keep us out of trouble. You may not have many days left and you are using them to help us." I guess it's good to know that my advanced age has some advantages!