Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. Deuteronomy 34:7 NIV
Moses had a brilliant career even though it was not a perfect career. He did not accomplish all that he had desired. He was not successful in his attempts to lead all of the people into the land of promise. He let the people trigger emotional responses and he became a chronic complainer to God. Moses had many issues that caused him to be less effective than he may have otherwise been.
But considering all aspects of his 40 year project that began when he was 80 years old and included leading more than a million people out of slavery, Moses has to be considered a success. And Moses worked until right before his death having experienced no physical incapacity whatsoever.
The question that each of us must answer is how long we plan to work. All of us will not be as fortunate as Moses. We may encounter physical disability; we may be laid off from our job; our business may not survive as long as we live; we may just get tired. Not only is it prudent for us to consider our own survival, but we must also consider the welfare of our families that depend on us after we die.
We may be surprised that we are living longer than many of our grandparents and that we are healthier than our parents. But we should not be surprised that our lives will one day end. We must prepare for our decline and our departure while our strength is still present.
"God, help me prepare for the inevitable. Amen"