What Do You Bring To The Table?
By Johnsobo 100 – Editor at Large
As a Seasoned Citizen Prepper, that sounds so much better than Senior Citizen, I have often thought; what would I bring to the table in a WROL, TEOTWAWKI, Grid-Down scenario, or Economic Collapse, call it what you will? Let me re-phrase the question: What would I bring?
I don’t know the age profile of most of the readers on SCP, but I suspect many are like me. They have been around for awhile. Senior moments come a little more often than they used to. I can’t use that chain-saw nearly as long, and sometimes I have more problems opening a jar lid than I used to. Aches and pains are more frequent. Often, a nap really sounds great. Does anyone relate?
Oh, don’t get me wrong, I am not feeling sorry for myself, and I do think most of us have a lot to contribute. That is becoming quite evident when I read articles from all the Editors at Large and of course Bev and Rourke. Not to mention all the excellent comments of everyone who reads SCP.
What I am trying to convey goes much deeper. Let me try to explain by giving you
an example from Scripture. The book of Numbers tells the story of how Israel
prepared to enter the Promised Land. In fact, God gave Moses very specific
instructions on how He wanted everything done. Each of the twelve tribes had
specific duties for this journey. However, only the Levites had the responsibility
for the Tabernacle.
The verses that really jumped off the pages were Numbers 8:23-26:*
23 And the Lord said to Moses, 24 “This applies to the Levites: Men
twenty-five years old or more shall come to take part in the work at the Tent of
Meeting, 25 but at the age of fifty, they must retire from their regular service and
work no longer. 26 They may assist their brothers in performing their duties at the
Tent of Meeting, but they themselves must not do the work. This, then, is how you
are to assign the responsibilities of the Levites.” * NIV
I must have missed that part when I read the book of Numbers before. I
know that God had His reasons, after all, they did move the tabernacle often, and
I am sure the work was very strenuous and the younger men could handle the
work much easier. No, I am not questioning God’s reasoning, but I began to
wonder what “assist their brothers” looked like, and how would that apply to me
Looking back on age 50, I still thought I was in pretty good shape, and could hang
In there with the best of them. Well, maybe some of them. The S on my shirt may
have been somewhat faded, and no, I couldn’t leap tall buildings in a single
bound, but assist!
After much prayer, and God continuing to work on me over the last few decades,
I finally realized that I needed to re-define my definition of the word assist. I now
realize that I may not be the one to take the heavy load any more. So, what load
should I now take? A chronicle of my life would not be nearly as informative and
compelling as Harold, and I understand that some of the other Editor’s at Large
are writing their chronicles as I write this article, and to be truthful, I cannot wait
to read them.
Oh, I can still give some of my experiences, and a tip now and then, but what
could I bring to the table for the long-haul. Something that might make a
difference in a young person’s life.
Along with all the life experiences and how to articles, I feel that we must try to
explain to our younger generation, just how we got into this mess we are in as a
Nation and as a people. I realize that there have been many books written on how
we have arrived at this point in time, but most of them have been from an
economic perspective, with a few from a Spiritual point of view. The latter is
where I feel I must go.
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