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There is a Zimbabwe proverb, "If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing." It spoke to me as I discovered it in a book of quotes, recently. I don’t consider myself a dancer or a singer. My legs totter and my voice is quite without tune. However, does that mean that I can’t do either? And does it mean that I must literally dance and sing or can I dance in my heart and lip-sync if necessary? Of course, I can. To life, I say.

A young friend recently told my husband and I, “You both think and act so young!” It made me think of the previous quote. One reason that this is so is because we especially enjoy the company of those who are younger in age than we. Whether the invitation is extended to us or we extend the invitation to enjoy generations-apart company it is always an anticipated experience.

Listening to the fresh ideas of those who are considerably our juniors in age and those who are setting forth like brand-new explorers is refreshing. They come up with ideas that astound us. They use the latest technology with no qualms—and they move with ease. Sigh! for me, hurrah for them. Yet with all their vigor and their Christopher Columbus attitudes they still come to us for advice. They know that with age comes the wisdom that comes with experience. They actually appreciate what we have to say. It’s nice to know that they realize we haven’t always been old, that we know what it’s like to be young and in need of direction.

God's Pattern for Old Age

As we grow older, just sitting in the grandstands doesn’t seem to fit into God’s pattern of old age. Though my husband and I expected that we’d slow down. Yes, physically that’s so; there’s no ladder climbing anymore or 12 to 16-hour work days; however, the responsibility of using our talents in a spirit of service continues to be required of us. That is what keeps us staying young in the promise of Psalm 92:12 and 14 which reads, “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon…they will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.”

God created Adam in the prime of life, with vigor of body and mind. It’s His desire that we do what we can to maintain a portion of youth by living a healthy lifestyle and staying active, not for the sake of activity alone but that we can be people of service. Of course, sometimes afflictions come so that isn’t always possible. Yet if we keep young company around us it sure helps because interestingly enough it seems the youth need us as much as we need them. And again I say, to life!

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