Aging is my topic for the week and to tell you the truth, the whole thing is getting me depressed. In the old days, (Bible times) people lived well into their 300’s. The reason was to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth as God planned.
I thank God every day, that things have changed. I can’t imagine myself changing diapers at age 245 or sending my children off to college at 263. There was a purpose for old age in those days.
So where am I going with all this? I think we need a number of years to get our act together. For some of us, it takes longer to figure that out than others.
Old age comes with its plusses and minuses. As for the benefits – you can get a senior discount at most places you shop. People offer you a seat if you look tired enough. They may even let you go ahead of them in line. You may get faster service at the clinic than you do from a store clerk. The world has had the pleasure of your company for a long time.
On the negative side – you leave the room on a quest and forget what it was by the time you get there. You’re finally considered “hot,” but it’s not because of the way you look. You finally get your act together and realize your body is falling apart. You can still laugh at your circumstances, but your smile is full of empty spaces. When you get down on your knees to pick something up, you better plan on staying there for a while. You try to remember which pill does what for you. Your life now consists of MRIs, Cat Scans, Biopsies, and constant trips to the bathroom.
We all know we’re getting older. That leads us to only one truth – we’re going to die. So we need to spend each second of life, trusting that God is going to use us for His purpose . We can also be confident that life doesn’t end for those who believe in God. He has a whole new blueprint etched out for us on the other side of eternity.
While we wait for that second chance, remember old age is usually inevitable, but as Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.”