On course we're aging, more like fine wine than rotten
grapes; not that we claim exclusive rights to aging just because
we're over 60. It really doesn't matter how old we are,
if we're breathing, we're aging. Don't expect anyone under twenty-
one to own up to it, but that's okay. We know what the have yet to discover.
They may look younger, but no one grows
younger. The aging process leaves none behind.
So, here we are, well along in years with few
clues as to what lies ahead. The future hugs our horizon, but we only
see a partial landscape. What we see we like, the future
looks bright for our generation. With improved health care and
alternate life-style choices, many older adults live with
the same joie de vivre as younger adults. Today, there's no need to
settle for first base, millions of older Americans are
making home runs long after youthfulness strikes out.
To family and friends who demonstrate in many
wonderful, creative ways that life remains a work in
progress, I urge you to stay in the game until the last
inning. Be God's poster man or woman for your generation.
Even to your old age, He will not fail you. That's His
promise to you.
It's Always Too Soon TO Quit
If you think sixty is the new forty, then consider Noah.
He celebrated the birth of his first child
when he turned five-hundred years old. That's dead and long gone by
today's standards. We can't even fathom that in this
culture. Since we know he lived to be nine-hundred and fifty years
old, it puts the arrival of his newborn at his middle-age
milestone. Two more sons would follow.
Biblical details about Noah's life are rather
sparse; nothing but the bare facts is spelled out. However, we can fill
in the blanks where biblical facts merely imply.
The man was no spring chicken when God
commissioned him to launch a one hundred and twenty year long
building project. Chosen as the only one of his kind in
the neighborhood (Genesis 6:9), people might have seen him as
"Mr. Goody Two Shoes," but God called him "righteous."
While his neighbors sneered, jeered and
pointed fingers, Noah kept hammering away day after day until he
finished the job. No one could ever accuse him of lacking
courage, tenacity and an independent spirit.
Give Change A Chance
Newlyweds usually start out peering into the proverbial
crystal ball. With clear-cut optimism, they see the future as one
big success story - a family, a dog, first house, brand
new car, successful career, financial independence, growing old
together, and a well-planned retirement life. Eventually,
they encounter unexpected bumps in the road that force a more
realistic view of the future.
Years go by, and despite life's rude
awakenings, they finally reach the end of the trail
with retirement in sight.
Like most senior age couples, Will and Rhoda
had finally reached that milestone, and they were like children
waiting for a long car ride to end. Retirement couldn't
come soon enough. With kids all grown up, house sold, retirement
funds in place, they were ready for long, leisurely days
at the beach, fishing, boating, all the perks retirement offers.
Sadly, Will died of lung cancer, a few months before
retirement. Like many grief-stricken, lonely widows, Rhoda found
herself wondering about her future.
We find a similar Old Testament scenario in the
story of Naomi whose whose dreams and hopes fell apart after her
husband, Elimilech, died.
Until The Last
Yes, I'm the first to admit it, after awhile we slow down,
but we don't have to shut down. Despite annoying health issues,
we can still keep step with the longevity renaissance
that's taking place today.
Even if we're wheelchair bound or grappling with a
chronic disease, we qualify as a member of the savvy seniors'
survival club who refuses to wither on the vine in the
autumn and winter months of life. There's still more to life than daily
medical schedules and doctor's appointments.
I do not want to make light of the role
debilitating illness and pain, coupled with confinement plays on our
on life. However, note this quote from the late actor, Paul
Newman: "If you have a pulse, you have a purpose."