I really like getting older. The years ahead feel so full of untapped potential. They look ripe with opportunity to love Jesus with my life. I’m not just trying to put a happy face on an awkward reality. I think that the way I view the aging process reveals what I believe about God and His Word.
Everywhere I look, the culture around me is telling me that I should hide my age. I should feel bad about it. I should wish I was younger. I don’t believe this. Our culture fears the loss of beauty, vigor and usefulness. But I don’t belong to this culture. I have a different King. And in His kingdom there is a beauty that never perishes (I Peter 3:4), and there is a strength that He supplies (I Peter 4:11) and renews (Isaiah 40:31), and there is a usefulness that lasts till our final breath….the usefulness of love (I Corinthians 13). No matter how old we are, we can always love. And in our new kingdom loving is more “useful” than just doing. (I Corinthians 13:1-3)
I know that there are challenges that come with aging. I’m not trying to minimize them. But the Lord has not left us without His Word. He has clearly marked out for us the wisdom of His ways. And He has given us the picture of the virtuous woman smiling at the future (Pro. 31:25). I would love to write more about this the next time.
For now…..let’s determine to age joyfully together. Let’s create a new culture among us. I’ll urge you on. You urge me on.