Many people have a hard time with the growing old thing. They do not like to get more wrinkles, or lose their hair. Others do not like the thought of leaving their youth behind. For me, getting older is not that hard. Now granted, I am only turning 37 but I find beauty in growing old. When we go through life as a believer, the game of life is different. We look at things different!
Growing older doesn’t just mean we are one step closer to death’s door. We are not even guaranteed to grow old. Growing older doesn’t just mean we will be getting arthritis sooner. Growing older doesn’t mean that we have lost our zest for life or even our youth. To me, growing older means that I am growing older in Christ. The older I get the more mature in Christ I get. For the believer, we are meant to grow in Christ. So with years, comes more maturity and growth.
In the Bible you see incredible blessings when men and women of God grew older. As Joseph and David turned thirty, their dreams were coming to pass. Abraham and Sarah’s promise was fulfilled when they were finally in their nineties. Anna, at the age of 84, was in the temple day and night. Certainly, there are some good things about getting older.
I look forward to the future of life, if the Lord tarries His coming. I am excited about the prospect of young minister’s seeking out an old man for wisdom. I can’t wait to see how my prayer life and knowledge of the Word have grown when I am in my seventies (if I am privileged to live that long). So on this birthday, I am looking back at my Christian life and look to see how far I have come since I gave my heart to Christ. God has been good to me!