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Old Is Gold

Tips from the Bible to help you see aging as one of God's greatest gifts.

By Elizabeth Peale Allen, Pawling, New York

Do you realize the Bible has special counsel for those of us who are older? God promises, “The righteous shall flourish…They shall still bear fruit in old age” (Psalm 92:12, 14).  

In Proverbs, God tells us  a well-lived life will be rewarded: “Let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace they will add to you,” (Proverbs 3:1-2) and “The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness" (Proverbs 16:31).

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If you want to make the most of every year of your life, here’s how:

1. Keep in good shape–physically and mentally.
Refuse to believe that aging means constant decline! Determine to continue learning, to be active, to commit yourself to activities that make a positive difference in the world.

“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

2. Look forward, not back.
Memories are great places to visit, but don’t dwell there. Instead, heed the Apostle Paul’s advice: “Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).

3. Trust God in all things.
The God of your youth will not abandon you as you age. “Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you!” (Isaiah 46:4). God wants you to continue to grow in grace is all situations. “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it…” (Philippians 1:6).

So don’t be overly concerned about aches and pains; don’t be distracted by limitations. Aging is one of God’s great gifts. Thank him for each new day–and then get on with the work he (still!) has for you to do.