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Today I got my hair cut. Simple, very short and wispy, like usual but without bangs. I’ve worn bangs for so long, trying to cover a worry line that developed on my forehead years ago. I felt so much younger walking out of Great Clips without those bangs. The hair stylist said I looked, “Chic.” She did a good job and I did feel younger. She got a good tip. A good haircut does wonders for a gal, doesn’t it?

A lot of things have made me feel young lately: moving to a new town, with lots of new experiences and meeting new friends and reconnecting with old ones, with whom we have young memories, living across the road from an elementary school, listening to the children’s laughter at recess time, repainting some old household items, taking a granddaughter to lunch and listening to her talk about her soon-to-be graduation as a dentist. All these happenings are like bright light bulbs, lighting up my life to enable a feeling of youth, even if it’s living vicariously through another’s youth—or in memory.


Sometimes that’s all we need to feel young again, is to have newness in our lives. And the newness sparks an attitude. Of course, if you’re feeling too feeble, you may not be able to move or even want to move to a new area. I realize that can be drastic for some people. I happen to be sort of a gypsy, not planned that way, but life happens. For me it’s been wonderful. I’m a writer and most of what writers write about is what happens in their own lives. But the other things that I just mentioned that made me feel young most everyone can do similarly. Are any of these things hard? No, they are simple everyday living.

So why am I sharing these thoughts with you? How can haircuts, moving, memories, school kids and a dental school student help us stay young? Some of us allow ourselves to feel old, when we shouldn’t and we need to focus on that which is the opposite. Sure we can’t all run races anymore, I know I can’t–except the spiritual one. I like how the apostle Paul put it, “I’m not saying that I have it all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wonderously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: by no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”  (Philippians 3:12-14).

Such an attitude is a young attitude, full of hope and challenge. Just imagine when we see Jesus at the end of the runner’s goal line—no one will be old.  I doubt that we’ll even have to be concerned with haircuts again, do you?

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By Betty Kossick. Copyright © 2012 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the THE MESSAGE ®.

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