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Growing Old God's Way

February 22, 2018

GROWING OLD GOD'S WAY 

By GV Potter

The following post was written by a member of our fellowship.

As humans, we sometimes have funny concepts about growing old.  The moment we are born we begin to age!  During our journey through life, we reach points when our bodies undergo different stages of change.  Even our hair changes—if it doesn’t turn white, we lose it…or both!  Areas of our body grow or shrink, wrinkle or sag (more than they should…or at least more than we want them to).    Plastic surgeons make a great living reconstructing parts of the body or injecting Botox and many other new innovations, all to make people “look younger.”  Unfortunately, the result is often worse than the beginning, and yet we still decorate a shell that’s fighting a losing battle with time!  We must realize that our bodies were designed and made to wear out.  They are a temporary housing for our spirit, which is eternal.

Years may wrinkle our skin, but giving up interest in life and living will cause wrinkles of the soul and spirit.  There is no doubt that we will grow old if we continue living on this earth.  “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them.’  Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the well.  Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:1, 6-7). 

Be mindful that “how we grow old” is more important than “how old we grow!”

God wants us to grow old WISELY.
Our lessons of life, such as hardships, failures, successes, and choices should be passed on to others—especially the younger generation!  “O God, You have taught me from my youth; and to this day I declare Your wondrous works.  Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come” (Psalm 71:17-18).  Hopefully the younger generation will have enough wisdom to listen.  “When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you” (Proverbs 2:10-11).

God wants us to grow old RIGHTEOUSLY.
Solomon wrote, “The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.”  Righteousness seems to make all the difference between flourishing or fading and bearing fruit in old age.  “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”  (Psalm 92:13-14).

God wants us to grow old SERVING HIM.
Luke 12:37 tells us of the prophetess Anna, who at the age of 84, “did not depart from the Temple, but served God with fasting’s and prayers night and day.”

God wants us to grow old TRUSTING HIM.
He promised His people in Isaiah 46:4, “Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you!  I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.”

The resounding conclusion in all of this is that “growing old God’s way” is the best choice we can make, no matter where we start in life.  Choose to start doing it today!





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