Not too long ago, a friend of mine in her fifties stopped by my house for a brief moment. As we sat back and conversed she reminded me that someone we both knew in his sixties had died. It shocked me that he was only in his sixties when he passed. So I replied, "What! He was only sixty? That's young!" And she said, "No, he was old--that's old!"
You know, getting older is a blessing and not a curse as some in the world would have us think. The world would like us to believe that older people are useless and undesirable, but that's simply not true.
I remember a few years ago when I got my first gray hair. Don't laugh, but I screamed when I noticed it! Okay, you can laugh. But as I've gotten older and acquired more gray hairs, I'm actually looking forward to growing older! I like sporting my gray crown (honor, prize, trophy)! I also look forward to being able to take more vacations with my spouse and being a grandma and spending time with my (future) grandkids, a blessing indeed.
Do you remember the recent edition of Good Housekeeping Magazine with Valerie Bertinelli on the front cover, where they touted, "This is what fifty looks like"? Yes, she looked good for fifty but that's because fifty is not old! At least not in my book, or the holy book! Methuselah lived to be 969 years old and Adam lived to 930 (Gen. 5:27 and 5:5). So anything under a hundred is not considered old, not to me! What do you think?
How many people do you know who never lived to see twenty, forty or sixty? Probably many. I want to live and age however long Father God wants me to. My only hope and prayer is that if God blesses me to live into my eighties or nineties or even hundreds, I will be healthy enough to continue to carry out His will for my life. And one thing I know for sure: having a positive outlook about age, and seeing it as the blessing that it is, will make that all the more possible.