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Old Heroes – Guest Blog by Stephanie Nickel

by | Aug 5, 2013 | , , | Guest Blogs | 4 comments

I’m still on vacation (yippee!), so I asked my friend Stephanie Nickel to write a guest blog for me. I know you’ll enjoy this.

Check out Stephanie’s website here. Thanks Steph!

Old Heroes

On my way to work, I had to pick up soup for my hubby. That’s when I noticed the marquee.

If I hadn’t been driving, I might have clapped my hands and bounced up and down.

Red 2 is in theatres. Yippee!


If you haven’t seen Red, let me catch you up. The movie opens with snippets of the lives of a handful of old, lonely people.

Not exactly your typical set-up for a flick filled with explosions, gunfire, and espionage.

Familiar actors like Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, and John Malkovich bring their characters alive. They make you believe old heroes are still . . . well, heroes.

I enjoy action/adventure movies, but better still, an action/adventure that makes me laugh even more than it makes me gasp.

While they’ve released several movies this year I would like to see but haven’t, I think I will make an exception for Red 2. (I wonder if they’d mind if I snuck out of the office this afternoon and caught the matinee.)

Being a woman of a certain age, it’s good to know I don’t have to sit back and bemoan the “fact” that my best years are behind me. Of course, I hope to avoid explosions, gunfire, and espionage, but I still have a lot of life to live, Lord willing.

And I’m not alone . . .

Let’s consider a few Bible characters.

Noah was old enough to be a great grandfather when he fashioned gopher wood into an ark that would ensure the survival of the human race.

Abraham and Sarah were well into their golden years when God fulfilled His promise and Isaac was born.

Moses was no spring chicken – or would that be spring rooster – when he demanded of Pharaoh, “Let my people go!”

Granted, there were no explosions or gunfire. (Mind you, espionage goes back a long way.) At any rate, there were driving rains and covered mountaintops, hurtful taunting and impatient plotting, epic plagues and mass exodus.

A few decades – a few centuries, even – don’t hinder God from accomplishing His plans and purposes.

In fact, it’s a good reminder that He doesn’t necessarily choose the youngest, thinnest, smartest individuals.

While the characters in Red ban together and whoop the bad guy’s behind, they are still – forgive my political incorrectness – old. They have aches and pains and no longer feel invincible. In the end, it isn’t about what they can’t do but what they can.

It must be the same for us. What can God accomplish through us today? Anything He wants to. Therefore, as long as we continue to draw breath, we are useful. We can be the true heroes this world needs. We won’t likely get involved in an international spy caper, but we can go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).

Feel inadequate? Too limited? Too old?

The Word says God chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27). We are to bring Him glory – no matter how old we are – and bless those He brings across our paths.

Here’s to a whole new crop of Old Heroes.

Thanks, Dar, for inviting me to share with your readers. You are definitely one of the treasured people God has brought across my path.


  1. Heather

    Ah, once again Stephanie, you have reminded us of His wisdom and truth. I may not be a hero, but I am glad I can still serve Him even in small ways. Great blog. 🙂

    • Darlene L. Turner

      Thanks for stopping by, Heather. You’re right…we can serve God in both small and big ways!

  2. Diane Spearing

    Wow this is awesome.. We are always capable of being used by God.. What an awesome thought…. Thanks for this blog.


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