Aging in Good Health

A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness   Proverbs 16:31

Just imagine over hearing a conversation of this nature.

“My feet are aching. My back hurts. And my hips are stiff.“

“You know what your problem is…don’t you?”

“Yeah…I’m getting older!”

“Oh stop it! Age is just a number. Your problem is that you are too lazy to take care of yourself. Look at me. I walk five miles each day. Exercise every morning. Eat the right kind of foods. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish and drink water with every meal. And you don’t see me complaining.”

“That’s because you are…”

“I’m what?”

“You’re ninety-years old and have lived life longer than I have. And I’m only sixty.”

“So what does that have to do with anything?”

‘You live by wisdom and I’m just not where you are right now…but one day, I will get to where you are.”

“Well grandchild…don’t wait too long…you might not make it to be my age.” 

The conversation above may for some seem unrealistic. But having celebrated my step into retirement, I am finding more mature adults over the age of sixty doing the unheard of.

For what I can verify, people in their seventies, eighties and nineties are putting those of us in the Baby Boomer generation to shame.

Perfect example of what I speak about is that this past weekend our church had a 5K Walk. It was our first time as a church taking the healthy route to raise funds for our education ministry (this is one way we help support those graduating and going to college and are in college).

The 5k Walk had teams with themes. This was all good. But one of the teams that happened to be part of this wonderful event is The Seasoned Saints. This is a ministry of men and women aged 62 and older.

Well, one can attest there are two beyond seventy, eighty and ninety that put their feet to the track and walked the park course without losing a beat.

These two Godly women are close to my heart and continue to show me and others that age is just a number.

At ninety-two and ninety-eight years of age these women put us on notice that aging in grace and faith in God can move mountains, feet and bodies.

The interesting thing that occurred after the walk was just sitting on the sideline watching these two vibrant and lively women jump up and join the young people doing a line dance. Their enjoyment of life brought me to complete shame. How could I be looking at them and not joining in too? The shame of it all.

But with all this said and done, the truth of the whole matter is this.

It’s never too late to learn…aging in good health pays in dividends!

And it’s never too late to make the necessary changes in our lives spiritually, mentally and physically.

Job 12:12    Is not wisdom found among the aged?  Does not long life bring understanding?

In Him Alone

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