Thursday, May 01, 2008

Thoughts on Aging

I shared the following thoughts in our monthly newsletter for our Senior Adults.

Little Johnny asked his grandmother how old she was. “Thirty-nine and holding,” was her response. Johnny thought about her answer for a bit and then asked anew, “And how old would you be if you let go?” Jack Benny, the stand-up comedian, was famous for always giving his age as 39. Benny had this to say about growing old, “Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” There is some profound wisdom in Benny’s words. We’ve all heard the expression, “You’re only as old as you feel.” Some would jokingly respond to that statement by saying, “I feel a lot older than I am.” There are folks whose physical appearance suggests that they are much younger than their biological age, while others show the wear and tear of the years they’ve lived a bit more. The latter group’s refrain might be, “It’s not the age; it’s the mileage.”

I’m inspired and challenged by biblical characters that accomplished great things and were up to major challenges, even when they were long past the age of qualifying for a Social Security check. I admire Caleb’s grit when, at the age of 85, he tells Joshua, “I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me (to spy out the land 40 years earlier). Now then, give me this hill country about which the Lord spoke on that day” (Josh. 14:11-12). Caleb wanted to claim his inheritance in the Promised Land, even though the inhabitants lived in heavily fortified cities in the hills. What mountaintops are you attempting to scale today with the Lord’s strength? Whatever your age might be, the promise of God’s Word is true: “Those who wait upon the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired; they will walk and not become weary” (Isa. 40:31).


Jim Hill said...

I tell people I am not old, but I do have high mileage. I enjoy your articles. Jim

Gary Snowden said...


Thanks for stopping by. After pulling dandelions in the yard today, I feel like I've added some mileage to my body.