Lucy may be crabby on Mondays, but by Friday, she’s really crabby. I, on the other hand enjoy every day that God wakes me up in the morning. Each day is a blessing when you get to be my age. Oh sure, our joints need lubricating, and our bodies need to be recharged. Our hearing lacks the sounds of birds singing outside our windows. Our sight, if not recently repaired through cataract surgery, isn’t what it should be. Coffee isn’t nearly enough to crank the engine. Oh, never mind. Mondays make me crabby too when I think about all those negatives. So how do we make Monday one of our favorite days of the week? The Bible has lots of good advice about thinking aging and accepting what we cannot change.
2 Corinthians 4:16 “ So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”
I love that verse, because it perfectly describes the feelings we experience as we reach the golden years of living. No one tells you how quickly that gold turns to shriveled skin, weak bones, short memory, hearing aids, supports for every part of your body. When you’re young you feel you can conquer the world. When you reach 80, the world has conquered you. I am fortunate to be able to continue doing what I love to do in my life. I can still come up with thoughts to encourage others every day through my blog, but I have to struggle to lead myself out of feelings of depression and sadness at times. Physically and mentally, I’m in fair shape for my age, but when I let it, my mind goes to dark places occasionally – thinking I have nothing to offer the world anymore. There is always a reason for living. We may have to self-examine and be honest with ourselves to believe that, but it’s true. Here’s another verse to help us through.
Isaiah 46:4 “Even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.”
Knowing that God is with us to the very end sure can encourage us during those days when we don’t want to go on any longer. He placed us on this planet for a purpose and that carries a fair amount of weight, right? Don’t ever think your value is declining along with your body. What you leave behind will return through your children and grandchildren if you instill in them some of the values you have chosen over a lifetime. With that knowledge, you can make every day a good one.
Job 32:7 “I said, ‘Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.”
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I keep reminding myself that the arrival of a new day is precious. Coffee with God’s Word makes it so.
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