The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Acting our age

God uses people in all stages of life

When are you going to start acting your age?” The question was on a large advertisement in an airport. Beneath it was a picture of four women who appeared to be my age. They were on a beach getting ready to run into the water with seeming delight.

I cannot remember the product or service being advertised, but I have not forgotten the question as I heard it: “Baby boomers, when are you going to start acting your age?”

A lot of people will answer that question since about one-fourth of the U.S. population—approximately 77 million people—are baby boomers. The answer is likely to be surprising since boomers consistently have resisted falling into any predictable pattern for any previous stage in life.

What does “acting our age” mean for boomers? What does it mean for any of us? ("Baby boomers: Where are they?") It is my hope that each of us, no matter our age, will have unquenchable curiosity about faith and life and a desire to make a difference in the lives of others.

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