As I wrote a few weeks ago, turning 70 was an emotional time for me.
In sharing with one of my good friends, who recently also turned 70, we came up with some quotes about being old. (Can’t claim these as originals.)
You know you are getting old when:
- You used to do the shuffle; now you just shuffle along with the lost.
- The twinkle in your eye is only the reflection of the sun on your bifocals.
- You remember when you could refer to your knees as left and right instead of good and bad.
- You can remember getting through a day without taking a picture of anything.
- Your idea of a night out is sitting on the patio.
- Most of the names in your address book start with “Dr.”
And the one thing I really love about growing old:
I had to laugh at this one. My granddaughter recently had a sleepover at our house. When she comes over, she comes prepared for Grandma to do nothing but play with her. I try to keep up with her but often find I need to excuse myself to use the bathroom. At one point she asked so innocently,
Grandma, why do you go to the bathroom so much?
I just thought,
Someday you will know little one.
But in reading God’s Word I found some wonderful thoughts on how God views the older generation. I love these.
Gray hair is a mark of distinction; the award for a God-loyal life. Proverbs 16:31
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our inner strength in the Lord is growing every day. 2 Corinthians 4:16
But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the LORD’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. Psalm 92:14-14
I will be your God throughout your lifetime until your hair is white with age. I made you and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you. Isaiah 46:4
Not that I am old and gray, do not abandon me, O God. Let me proclaim your power to this new generation, your mighty miracles to all who come after me. Psalm 71:18
All my life I have been active working for the Lord in my church. You name it, I have probably done it. Worked in nursery, played the piano for worship, led the women’s ministry, organized kids klubs, taught Bible classes and even cleaned the toilet. Now my age and energy have limited how much of that I can do.
Yet I have many more years and I want to still be of service to the Lord. As I have sought the Lord for what He would have me do in this “last stage” of life, I found a new purpose – to be an encourager for the younger women who are now doing the work I used to do.
To pray for them and speak words of encouragement. To be there to offer advice (only if asked); otherwise to just let them know someone is in their corner cheering them on.
So I have discovered:
Sometimes you get to what you thought was the end….and you find it’s a whole new beginning.