November 11, 2023
Don't be afraid of getting old (1)
"My chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands." Isa 65:22 NIV
We live in a fickle society where a few wrinkles can devastate your self-worth. But you don't have to be a victim of that value system. "As the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands" (v. 22 NIV).
Someone said, "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter!" So: (1) Build a strong relationship with God. Spend time talking with Him and reading His Word. "Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying" (Pr 3:1-2 NLT).
(2) Come to grips with the reality of aging. Face it; you have been aging from the moment you were conceived. In fact, on the day of your birth, you were already nine months old. Therefore, fretting about getting older is as fruitless as worrying about the sun going down each day. Instead of worrying about the length of your life, maximize every day of it. Each morning look in the mirror and announce, "This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it" (See Ps 118:24).
(3) Always have a goal. It doesn't have to be something big in the eyes of the world, just something to look forward to doing with your hands and your mind. Eleanor Roosevelt said, "I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on." Read, grow, contribute, stay involved, live until your last breath!