I owe the idea for this post to my granddaughter. She helped me see that when it comes to aging, perspective is everything. The other day we were at the pool, and the conversation went something like this:
Judith: “Ony, what happened to your legs?”Me: “Oh, those are just spider veins, broken blood vessels that happen when you get old.”Judith: “Really? Well, I think they’re beautiful because they’re purple!”
A Fresh Perspective
Bragging on God
Gray Hair Implies Wisdom
The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old. — Proverbs 20:29 NIV
The glory of young men is their [physical] strength, And the honor of aged men is their gray head [representing wisdom and experience]. — Proverbs 20:29 AMP
I will admit I struggle with this one. I don’t feel ready to go gray. Of course, we’re free to be ourselves, color hair, and do any number of things just for fun. I don’t believe God minds about those things, but the principle is that aging brings a special splendor. As the AMP version suggests, the splendor or honor isn’t about the color, but about wisdom and experience. So go gray or not, but remember, there is a blessing in the wisdom and experience of age.
Grandchildren Are the Best
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers. —Proverbs 17:6 ESV
Changing Our Perspective on Aging
It’s not easy growing old, but maybe if we focus on what the scriptures say, we can feel better about it. We can be thankful for the goodness of God over the years, share our wisdom and experiences with others, and relish the joys of having grandchildren. I pray you find ways to thrive as you grow older.
Any advice on aging? I’d love to hear it in the comments!
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