One of the great misnomers of our modern era is that it is a ‘sin’ for people to not only ‘look’ old, but to actually ‘be’ old. Thus, the rise in the number of pills, shots and potions to keep one looking like they have just emerged from the fountain of youth and have managed to fight off the ravages of advancing years.
Here are three basic realities:
1. Each of us will eventually get old.
2. One out of one--will die.
3. Old age is the time to take an assessment as to where one will spend eternity.
In the Bible, King David said--if I may paraphrase--that he was once young and eventually became old. Nevertheless, he had never seen those who belong to God forsaken by him, nor those who were under His providential care out in the streets, begging for their daily sustenance. King Solomon picked up this thought further in Proverbs, Chapter 20 in verse 29 where it reads: “The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head”.
Blink once, and you are in a crib and diaper. Blink twice and you are entering High School. Blink three times and you are blowing out the candles and passing 30 at a rapid clip. Those who have their eternity secure in Jesus Christ need not fear old age, but welcome it as a friend. It gives one--hopefully--some wisdom, maturity and grace. The issue isn't how old you are, or even how old you feel...but what have you done with the time you have been given?