“They bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green”—Psalms 92:14 (NIV).
“Age isn’t a number, it’s an attitude.”
It’s the most famous quote about aging. Scientific evidence supports that. Researchers from Yale and Miami University agree that people who choose to see growing older as something positive live seven and a half years longer than those who don’t.
I will be 70 next month. My mind cannot grasp that number, but my body says otherwise. Instead of complaining about my aches and pains, I choose to thank God for my health. I may not be able to do the things I used to, but I know God isn’t through with me yet.
Getting Older Can Be Challenging
As our bodies age, the things we were once able to do can be a challenge. Wasn’t it just yesterday that you could run up the stairs or give your grandchildren a piggyback ride?
Physically, we’re often unable to do those things we once enjoyed. Even then, God can still use us for His Kingdom.
I love His promises in scripture, especially Isaiah 46:4. “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
Finding Comfort in Scripture
When I’m weary, I take heart in God’s promises. Reading and meditating on scripture gives me hope and strength. As I read scriptures like 2 Corinthians 4:16, I am renewed, refreshed, and ready for the day ahead:
“Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (NIV).
Another scripture that renews my faith in God is Psalms 73:26. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
A Renewal of Faith
Despite the changes that aging brings, the truth is getting older is a gift from God. Not everyone is given the gift of old age. I don’t consider 70 old. However, I am in awe of those in their 80s and 90s who continue working for the Lord, inspiring me and others not to give up or give in.
I recall what a church member in his late 70s told me when I retired from teaching. He said, “Carol, you won’t find retirement in the Bible. It’s called redirection.” Jack lived to be over 90 and was still serving the Lord until his passing.
Whatever your age, God has a plan for your life. I’ve learned that having a good attitude, a sense of humor, and continuing to serve Him makes all the difference in enjoying each day on earth. Don’t count the candles on your cake. Instead, celebrate each day with grace and gratitude.
After a 30-year teaching career, Carol Round found redirection as a Christian columnist, author and inspirational speaker. She is the author of nine books, all available at Amazon.com. See her website at www.carolaround.com for more information.