GETTING OLD SUCKS
Truthfully, I am not excited about getting old. But the reality remains that unless the Lord takes me soon, I will walk, crawl or roll into old age. In fact, aging is happening as I type!
Some have said old age isn’t for cowards. I agree. The thought that we will likely become limited physically and/or mentally and have to depend on others can be overwhelming. This thought can give us a real negative attitude about life. This blog may seem negative to some of you. I write as a realist with optimistic tendencies.
A few concerns about aging:
• Physical limitations
We need to be thankful for the health we have today; the ability to walk, talk and perform daily tasks with little or no pain. Pain may come eventually but let’s enjoy what mobility and activity God has given today.
• Mental limitations:
What a privilege we have to be able to think and reason, to read and remember information! Memory becomes harder as we age, as does the ability to focus on a task. Recalling names, locations, details…even wondering why we came into a room…will likely become more challenging.
The mind is a gift. Let’s appreciate it while trying to keep it sharp with books, conversations or any other activity that exercises the brain.
• Hearing limitations:
The excuse that we didn’t hear what our spouse said may become our reality We may become that person that turns up the TV and misses parts of conversations. Yikes, what a bleak picture!
• Being Marginalized :
We look in the mirror and begin to see our parents. We have trouble keeping up with technology. People see age and marginalize us. The grandkids seem to be the only ones who don’t think we are obsolete.
In addition to these obvious challenges that come with age, the following are a few areas of personal concern:
As we age, many of us seem to embrace more fear of life. “What if” tends to preface many situations that would simply be normal activity to a younger person. There is a checklist of “fear factors” before making decisions. A few fears may be legitimate but others just seem unreasonable. This is scary to me.
I don’t want to be ruled by fear.
The older we get, the easier it seems to let go of some of the disciplines of life. Healthy eating habits, physical exercise and continued learning activities tend to fall off. This may seem normal but it may also seep into areas of spiritual discipline.
Please Lord, keep me looking for the good in a world full of bad. It seems the world has an agenda opposite to the one Jesus wants us to have. But please, Lord, don’t let me give up on people. You see value in all people! Help me to see them through your eyes. People still need someone to care and believe in them.
Different doesn’t mean wrong. Let’s not look down on others who don’t fit our idea of ‘acceptable.’ Let’s not disregard the younger generation just because their culture is different from ours. Self focus can keep us from seeing others as simply people who need Jesus. Jesus didn’t call us to avoid the people of the world so we wouldn’t get dirty. He called us to reach out to others, no matter what they look like or live like.
Addiction to comfort:
We have many great comforts in this fine country. I am thankful most of you reading this blog have warm homes in the winter, air conditioning in the summer, something nice to wear and good to eat! But we can begin to place our personal comfort above what Jesus calls us to do. He calls those who claim to follow Him, no matter what age, to care for others, even when it is uncomfortable.
In light of the above, go hug someone over 70! They have a great deal of courage. Praise God for HIS care for us…everyday!!!
This should get some good conversation going. What are your thoughts?