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Bless-ed! 52 Blessings You Have As a Believer! (Blessing #10)

09 May

BLESSING #10: A Healthy Perspective on Getting Old
“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” (George Burns)

My friend Mike is helping me become more aware of what I have as a believer and what he doesn’t yet have. I’m certainly not gloating, but he inspires me to take stock of what I have in Christ. And what I long for him to have!

Let’s think about a tenth benefit of the believer as we recognize a truth about our unbelieving friends. And it is that —

10. The Blessing of a HEALTHY PERSPECTIVE ON GETTING OLD!
If this is the only life one gets, then getting older has got to bring some sadness to the one outside of Christ! Sure, there are joys in seeing one’s children grow up, but if in the final analysis one only gets old and dies, that is about as depressing as life can get!

THE BIBLE: I’ve recently been going through Psalm 16 with my friend Frank and there we read:
“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
 surely I have a delightful inheritance.”
That’s what growing older for a believer involves — “boundary lines” in “pleasant places.” And for the Christian there is a “delightful inheritance”! As one person put it, “Forget about aging gracefully. Focus instead on aging gratefully.”

My lovely wife recently picked out an emoji (a cartoon picture) to represent her on the internet. Cute hairstyle, fashionable glasses, adorable face. And she asked me what I thought of her emoji. I said, “She’s very cute — but don’t you think you need to add some wrinkles?” I really don’t remember much after that. We need to have a biblical view of aging, don’t we? I appreciate C.S. Lewis’ statement when he said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

ACTION STEPS 1. Have you thanked the Lord lately for His presence in your getting older? Express to someone today your gratitude for God’s sustaining grace in your life.
2. Have a conversation with someone much older than you in your church one day this week about getting older. What lessons has the Lord taught them over the years about aging?
3. Psalm 37 has the very famous verse: “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” Read over this Psalm every day this week and ask what lessons there are in this Psalm about being “old” in the Lord.
PRAYER 4. How do I pray for my unsaved friend? I can pray that he would see his days and months and years as a gift from God and that he would turn to the Lord for salvation! Eternity — not nothingness — awaits. And we can use our time here for honoring Him!

 
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