Don't let aging get you down. It's too hard to get back up.-John Wagner
As you get older, three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can't remember the other two...-Sir Norman Wisdom
The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.-Lucille Ball
You know you are old when you don't pinch an inch on your waist anymore, you can pinch it on your forehead.-Unknown
I'm so old they cancelled my blood type.-Bob Hope
Oh to be 70 again!-Unknown
A stockbroker told me to buy a stock that pays dividends every year. I said at my age I don't even buy green bananas.-Unknown
Doesn't pay to get old.-Unknown
As you age, you feel like everything is falling apart, you can't do what you used to, and you are slow. What is your purpose in the fall and winter of your life? If you look at the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew Chapter 5, Jesus starts out speaking of the Beatitudes. He then speaks of us being the salt of the earth, a candle on a candlestick, and a city that is set on a hill.
What does it mean to be the salt of the earth? Salt on our food gives it flavor and saves us from bland tastes. In the same way, we are commanded to be the flavor to those around us. Jesus says we would not light a candle and put it under a bushel. But on a candlestick and it gives light to all who are in the house. We are that candle. We should be on a candlestick, not hidden for no one to see. A city on a hill can not be hidden. We are to be that city. I am suggesting that in all phases of our lives we have purpose.
This life isn't about us. It isn't about whether we can walk or clean our homes or remember what we did yesterday. It is about being salt of the Earth giving it flavor and glorifying God even in our elderly years.
Elderly people bring light to my life. They help me keep focus as I raise my children. They keep me on track as I strive to serve God. They give me an opportunity to serve God through my job at the old folks home by helping them walk, helping them get things they need, or taking them to the doctor. If there were not elderly people who need help then we younger people would be deprived of the opportunity to serve.
As you grow older you have unique ability to be a light to those around you. To be a city that is set on a hill. You do this with declining health. You become someone who teaches young people how to be humble and kind. You have purpose.
So if you are elderly, may you never sit and wonder why you are still here. You are here for God's purpose. God wants us all to be servants and also to give other servants opportunity to serve.
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