“The fear of the Lord adds length to life.” Pr 10:27 NIV
The secret of aging well is staying young at heart, staying close to God, and staying fully engaged with life. The mirror isn’t your problem; how you see yourself is. Notice how “young” some older people are, and how “old” their peers seem? Seeking the elusive fountain of youth isn’t the answer, nor is surrendering to time and fate, so do these two things: (1) Be realistic! Nothing is sillier than a woman made up to recreate what she hasn’t been for decades—except an older man in an unbuttoned shirt flashing jewelry intended to recreate the macho image of a lost youth. When you are comfortable with your age and stage of life, others will be too. Solomon points out that age decreases vigor, dims vision, slackens muscles, stiffens joints, whitens hair, etc. (See Ecc 12:1-5 TM). Vitamins, exercise and a good attitude help, but you must be realistic in order to handle aging with dignity. (2) Keep giving. “Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. Don’t hoard your goods; spread them around. Be a blessing to others” (Ecc 11:1-2 TM). Don’t stop investing your energy and resources into God’s kingdom because you think it’s time for the young folk to take over. If you do, loneliness and depression will set in, and illness and death soon follow. When you shut the door, pull the shades and isolate yourself, you’re old at any age. But when you stay in the mainstream, give yourself to God and others, you’ll stay young all your life!
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