IF YOU’RE IN THE FIFTY-PLUS STAGE OF LIFE, what’s your reaction to being referred to as a “senior”? Some of my clients shudder at the word and severely object to such a label. Personally, I like the idea of being a senior. Do you remember your high school and college days when you couldn’t wait to achieve the lofty status of senior? When you became a senior, then you probably thought you’d arrived and that you were now mature, experienced, and wise. You might have even looked down on the underclassmen.

In corporate life, folks work hard to become a senior partner, senior advisor, or senior executive. In ministry, pastors differentiate their status as senior from those who are associates or assistants. Why is it that when we reach a senior ...

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