Imagine you’re heading out on a long trek across a remote mountain range. The landscape ahead is unfamiliar, and there are many pitfalls and dangers.

If you could pick one thing to take with you, what would it be?

I know what I’d choose: someone who’d walked the path before!

The same is true in our Christian life. The path of discipleship is a long trek across often difficult terrain.

It’s one reason God has given us the Church—a community of believers who are called to support and encourage one another in the journey of faith.

That’s why it’s important for the Church to be a community that transcends things that divide us, including what my dad likes to call “generationalism.” This is where we focus on the differences of each generation, and the result is that people, particularly older folks, end up feeling left behind and marginalized.

Think of the wisdom these older saints have gleaned over many decades of faithfully following Christ. What an incredible resource and valuable contribution they have to make!

I’d love to help you capitalize on the strengths that each generation brings to the body of Christ, by sending you a copy of my parents’ book, Improving with Age, as our thank-you for your gift this month. Wherever you are in life, I know this book will show you how to treasure the wisdom and insight that can be gleaned on the path ahead.