The Upside Of Aging

Libby Grandy

George McDonald wrote, “Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling of the fresh life within.” Sadly, our culture doesn’t have such a fond opinion of growing older.

Does the mirror determine who we are at 60, 75, or 100? The body is naturally subject to the depredations of time. But must the inner person be subject to aging as well? Not necessarily. Read 2 Corinthians 4:16 where Paul tells us, “Even though the outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”

The retirement years are not a time for mourning a life passed by. These years are a time of growing in God’s Spirit, a time of freedom. A person does not need to be defined by a job, education, physical fitness, etc. Time can be spent with friends, children, grandchildren, in church, in helping others, and in prayer. Your time is your own, to be used only as God sees fit.

Bodies break down over the weight of years, but other burdens melt away. Old age has a way of releasing us from caring about what others think of us, and freeing us from the duty of living up to other’s expectations.

Growing old helps us to stop taking our time for granted. Wise people don’t spend their time on bemoaning what might have been or on their own physical deterioration. They use their time to serve the Lord, to make a positive contribution, helping others, all with an open heart. Older people are no older than they choose to be. – via Walking in the Light, San Juan Church of Christ

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