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We have some older men and women in our fellowship that so clearly exhibit this. Though I love our people and try to be a godly leader, I must admit there are times I do my job because it is my job. At times like that I look around and I see some of these "fathers" serving at my side. I am humbled and shamed because while I am doing my job, they are serving in love.

Spiritual adults are never satisfied. They want to draw even closer to the Lord. The work of Japanese painter Hokusai spanned many years before his death in 1849 at age 89. But toward the end of his life, the artist dismissed as nothing all the work he had done before age 50. It was only after he reached 70 that he felt he was turning out anything worthy of note. On his deathbed Hokusai lamented, "If heaven had granted me five more years, I could have become a real painter" (Today in the Word, September 16, 1992).

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