Growing Old

100_2300Process of getting older, the natural process of aging

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. Eleanor Roosevelt

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Lincoln

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young. Sir Arthur Pinero

  If we do not die early, we will grow older. The majority of us do not like growing old. We try to ignore that this is happening to us. We may think if we do not acknowledge it or think about it; we may slow down the aging process. Mostly growing old is a biological process that is going to happen to everyone, regardless of how we think about it, how we embrace it and regardless of what we do or do not do.

In some ways we are only old as we think we are. There are both physical and mental components to age. Chronologically our body is whatever age it happens to be. Mentally, we have a little more control of how our age manifests itself. If we see and think as being older we are likely to act older. If we think “young” we are likely to act younger. We know those who act and seem younger than their age and those who seem and act older than their age. How we think has much to do with our actions.

Our greatest two fears are thought to be death and public speaking. As we get older we must increasingly come to grips with life winding down and the arrival of our death. The end gets closer and closer; eventually, death comes knocking at everyone’s door. Too many of us have problems dealing with or thinking about our eventual deaths. Many go to great lengths to ignore or to avoid aging. No amount of money or image enhancing surgeries will reverse the aging process. Death is certain. The practical and proper dealing with life insurance, wills, powers of attorney, funeral plans and other such things are very important. Those failing to do so, are being irrational, immature, and even selfish.

It is desirable to grow old graciously. There is no reason to fear death. Many believe life continues after death. They do not see death in the same way as those who believe in the finality of death. We will grow older and eventually die regardless of what we believe or do not believe. We should grow older with our eyes, ears and minds open, engaged, and actively involved in living life fully and making every moment count. Our acquired wisdom and life’s experiences should help us to enjoy this process instead of fearing it.

Challenge: You get out of life in proportion to your attitude and effort. The aging process is no different. The more you focus on the negatives, the more you experience the undesirables and negatives of aging. By focusing on positives, the more you can enjoy what each day brings. Your attitude and approach makes all the difference. Be thankful for each day and seize the opportunities offered by that day and always get the absolute most from it.

Wisdom: You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.  Douglas MacArthur  

Spiritual: (NIV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Galatians 5:22

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

The human condition lacks the knowledge and certainty of what happens at death. We have no knowledge of where we may have come from or where we go. This means that death has great power and influence over us. The Bible teaches that God watches over us. He is our Shepherd and Protector. Death is a transition from this life to an eternal existence. God asks us to trust and have faith in Him. There is nothing to fear if we trust in God.

Prayer: Help me to have the faith and confidence that will allow me to live this life to the fullest.

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