November 12, 2023
Don't be afraid of getting old (2)
"They shall still bear fruit in old age." Ps 92:14 NKJV
Does the thought of getting older depress you, make you anxious, or make you fatalistic in your outlook? If so, read this: "Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing" (vv. 13-14 NKJV).
Here is how to stay "fresh and flourishing" as you grow older:
(1) Guard your health.
Studies show that good health is the number-one factor in determining the level of happiness in old age. Eat healthy, and exercise often. Drink lots of water, take your daily vitamins, and get regular medical checkups. These efforts will not guarantee you more time, but they will determine the quality of your time here on earth.
(2) Look your best.
Dress stylishly at every age, as your budget will allow. When you look good, you feel good—and inspired. But keep your quest for attractiveness in balance. Think twice and do your homework before you submit to cosmetic surgeries. Some can be downright dangerous. "Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise" (Pr 31:30-31 NLT).
(3) Look for someone to help.
Mother Teresa said, "We cannot do great things. We can only do little things with great love." You will be amazed at the hi sense of strength, self-worth, and satisfaction you feel when you meet the needs of others. An unknown poet wrote, "It's loving and giving that makes life worth living!"