The Psalmist wrote that the righteous “still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green” (Ps 92.12, 14). I don’t know if the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was righteous (his life included, according to the Wall Street Journal, “a scandal-making affair, a murdered lover . . . three marriages and two divorces”), but he was an extraordinary illustration of bearing fruit in old age.
Wright designed 300 buildings over the course of his career, and a full one hundred of them were designed in his eighties. This according to yesterday’s WSJ magazine.
Being fruitful later in life was confirmed by a report I read recently. A sociologist studied intellectuals and leaders of various sorts, and discovered that their most influential decade was their sixties. Their second-most influential decade was their fifties. Third was their seventies.
So . . . most of you have a lot to look forward to!