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Confronting Old Age
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When we are young old age seems so distant. Then late youth arrives, middle age—and senior age. Finally, o-l-d age is here. No one really wants to be old but we know the alternative. Since I’m in that category now, I’ve found that acceptance of one’s limitations makes the transition easier.

For some time, the loss of daily walks left me feeling robbed. I so enjoyed that time of reverie. I always came back from my walks energized. The physical and mental stimulation proved productive for me. What have I substituted for that void? I now do more mental exercises, like memorization —along with chair or bed exercises, usually done in tandem. Unless I’m counting, I devise creative ideas as I go through routines.

Actually, there are pluses to being old. No one really expects you to do a lot of anything. So you get to pick and choose what you really want to do every day. Since just being lazy doesn’t appeal to me, I try to make every day productive. In my case, I still work as a freelance writer.  If I succeed and accomplish my daily goals fine—if I don’t, no one is less the wise about my failings. Old age holds certain freedoms such as being able to say “No” if you feel you need to. And the joy of saying “Yes” because you want to.


You find yourself often sitting in the mentor’s chair. As a result, fine friendships are formed especially with the youth—and you feel the worth of your years lived, in that experience called wisdom. By so doing, the energy of youth rubs off.  However it’s not the worldly smarts that provide the golden ring.  As God’s word tells, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness, with God. For it is written, ‘He catches the wise in his own craftiness’” (1 Corinthians 3:19).

So what aspect of wisdom is of worth? “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).

Thus, confronting old age is a wise action in itself, for you come to realize that wisdom is only in and from God. He sets those who claim Him as vessels to win souls, as Scripture points out in, Proverbs 10:30, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” I take that as spiritual marching orders even for those of us who can’t physically march anymore.

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