Monday, April 25, 2011

Dealing With The Tough Ten 8. Aging with Grace

Ecclesiastes 12

1 Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.” 2 Remember him before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dim to your old eyes, and rain clouds continually darken your sky. 3 Remember him before your legs—the guards of your house—start to tremble; and before your shoulders—the strong men—stoop. Remember him before your teeth—your few remaining servants—stop grinding; and before your eyes—the women looking through the windows—see dimly.
 4 Remember him before the door to life’s opportunities is closed and the sound of work fades. Now you rise at the first chirping of the birds, but then all their sounds will grow faint.
 5 Remember him before you become fearful of falling and worry about danger in the streets; before your hair turns white like an almond tree in bloom, and you drag along without energy like a dying grasshopper, and the caperberry no longer inspires sexual desire. Remember him before you near the grave, your everlasting home, when the mourners will weep at your funeral.
 6 Yes, remember your Creator now while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken. Don’t wait until the water jar is smashed at the spring and the pulley is broken at the well. 7 For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it..
 13 That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. 14 God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.

I hate to admit it...but these God inspired words are so true as we grow older in the seasons of life.  We can cover up, clean up, hide out, workout, color over, push over, lift up, throw up, weave it, sew it, slow it but ultimately we all will show it.  Some much later than others but aging is a part of life.  Few however age with grace!

Aging gracefully is so much easier if you remember the great days of your youth with appreciation!  God blessed you for a reason...and maybe only for a season, but he wants you to press on and finish strong!     Man judges you by the outside but God looks at the heart.

We all want to go to heaven but nobody wants to die.  The death rate is one to one last time I checked!  But you can enjoy the ride, and age with dignity and grace if you remember these words of wisdom as you joyfully travel along life's highway!

Dr Charles Stanley - Aging in Ministry with Grace

Meditate on this Classic Christian Hymn by Whintley Phipps

1 comment:

  1. Aging is a part of life? Are you fighting it? I don't mean, don't try to keep yourself in your best shape, but can you accept this fact of life? Is it well with your soul?