“You’re Never Too Old to Serve”

By Thomas R. Fournier Sr.

 As most of you know the Royal Ranger Ministries of the Assemblies of God has been active for fifty years this year. During this time most of us can conjure up some great memories of the events past. Can you remember the first boy that you led to Christ by the light of a campfire while out on a camping trip? That wild canoe trip or watching as Johnny catches his first fish. What great memories.

Fifty years, fifty years. How old where you back then. I was just a twelve year old boy. Boy how time flies. A lot has happened during those fifty years. Times have changed. We are no longer a child and we have grown slower and a little bit frailer. Today you mention going camping and the first thing that pops in your head is the Holiday inn.

I know “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” I hear many comments when you bring up the words Royal Rangers, “great program”; “been there, done that”; “I’ve paid my dues time for someone younger to take over”; “I just can’t do that anymore”.

You know your right, you have already done a lot, and there are things that you just can’t do it anymore. I myself am standing in those same shoes. I am no longer physically able to do a lot of what I used to do. It seems however that after stepping down from active service with the Royal Rangers there has been an empty place left in me. Some say let it go you have done all you could have, it is time to move on besides you can always be available if they need you. Sound familiar, I thought so.

Well don’t despair have I got something made just for you. It is called the Royal Ranger Alumni. This organization is an extremely exclusive group of individuals, there are only two ways to join this group. Qualifications are:

1. As a leader you have reached the age of fifty-five or;

2. You are a leader that has been disabled and cannot continue as you use to serve.

The objective of the Royal Rangers Alumni is to provide a method by which Royal Ranger Leaders (age 55 plus) may continue to serve as a vital part of the Royal Rangers Ministry. Royal Rangers Alumni provide an opportunity for leaders to share their knowledge, expertise and experiences with boys and local commanders. However it has the freedom of adding as your time permits.

You may be thinking what help can I be, I am too old for all this, besides what do I have to offer today. Kids today do everything different than when I worked with them. True times have changed and the kids are different in many ways but you still have skills and knowledge that can make a difference in a boy’s life. With today’s busy world it can be difficult to find the time to spend with boys don’t seem to care or pay attention, after all there is so much happening. Okay, okay so what can we do? Royal Rangers leaders upon reaching retirement age or when medical problems, or other reasons prohibit them from serving as a commander, may feel they no longer have a part in the Royal Rangers ministry.

Let’s take a look at how The Lord answered this same question in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 12:

“Luke 12:42-49 The Lord answered, "Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose the servant says to himself, 'My master is taking a long time in coming,' and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers. "That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

So what exactly does the Royal Rangers Alumni propose to do? We will provide structure by which these retired Royal Ranger leaders may continue to be a vital part of Royal Rangers and provide assistance to their districts on their time schedule. We also further recognize that people in the retirement age bracket frequently develop medical problems, loneliness or other situations and they need our fellowship, prayers and support.

There is so much that we can still do to make a difference so let’s take a close look at our lives and ask an important question. Are we the wise manager or the unwise? How will we be found at the coming of Christ, busy or lounging?

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GeerFredPensacolaFLSouth EastWest Florida
KennedyJimPort St. JoeFLSouth EastWest Florida
FowlerHarryPaceFLSouth EastWest Florida
CarnleyRayMiltonFLSouth EastWest Florida
ShermanHenryNavarreFLSouth EastWest Florida
MeGregorKentSpringfieldMOSouth EastWest Florida
Fournier SrThomasMiltonFLSouth EastWest Florida
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