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Friday, May 13, 2016

Think About It

Growing Old
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

Remember when you couldn’t wait to get older? Events like getting a driver’s license were all grouped into the phrase, “I can’t wait until I get to be ___ so I can do ____”. At some point in life we stop doing that, or at least it slows down. Although there are many milestones in our life, none of them seem as important as the ones we had when we were a child or teenager. In our young adult life we settled into a job or raising a family and we didn’t give much thought to big life events. Not that the birth of a child wasn’t a big event, it was. At some point a big event that we looked forward to was retirement. At some point in our lives, that becomes important, and for those that have reached that age, we hope we can sit back and coast for the rest of our lives.

Growing old is something that we’re all doing. It doesn’t matter how old you are now, you’re growing older, and as you grow older, things change. What we hope for and dream about moves from the adventure of traveling the world to figuring out how you’re going to crawl out of bed in the morning. A simple thing like bending over to pick something up off the floor becomes a challenge when you’re older. Well, perhaps the bending over is the easy part, it’s getting back up that’s the problem.

Growing old is about a purpose. It isn’t some random journey. Isaiah wrote “I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime – until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.” (Isaiah 46:3-4) The many, the milestones you pass through don’t define life; it’s how you pass through them that matter. Growing old can be a burden and a chore or it can be a wonderful and exciting journey. It’s all about your perspective. As a follower of Christ, I believe that in spite of what might be going on in life, God’s got my back. Does that mean I’m living happily ever after? No! But it does mean living with hope and knowing that every day has a purpose even in the growing old years. Think about it.


Anonymous said...

Absolutely so true Bernie, I've worked with elderly ppl for over 30 yrs, it's a challenge but what fun we have praying n believing what God has done for them n will continue to do,we stand on His promises n nothing better than getting into His Word to help us through the day, He walks with us n He NEVER leaves us nor FORSAKE us, Is it easy? No, the challenges are not but He, Jesus Christ is our HOPE, I personally thank you for your "Think about its" I read them weekly n they're so encouraging n give me something to think about to even change something in my own life, God bless you Bernie b your sweet little Helen, give her my love too, Debi Shepard

Anonymous said...

I work at a nursing home, and I love this. Thank you for the encouragement today.

perry mason said...

Jesus is ok, but Thor has a magical hammer and can shoot lightning out of it.....