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After living in different areas of the United States, I’ve learned that there are expressions unique to each. One I learned soon after I moved to Georgia is the frequent use of the word “mighty” as a descriptive adjective, as well as the abbreviated “ing” words.

There’s something highly sincere about hearing someone say, “I’m mighty proud meetin’ you.” Or perhaps you mention to someone about something special happening to you. The response comes, “I’m mighty proud,” meaning that person is happy for you. Such responses seem more meaningful than simply, “Nice to meet you” or “That’s nice.” To me, the word mighty seems stronger than nice, it conveys honesty.

Because I’ve heard the expression so often, it’s made me think on the word mighty more than I ever did prior. And I catch myself singing the beloved hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” more often than ever. Thus, the hymn singing causes me to dwell on God and his mighty love more often. Do you find yourself, as I do, feeling younger while you sing? Singing seems to be an energy rejuvenator. It draws weariness away from the body. There’s another hymn that is titled “A Mighty Rushing Wind.” It too lifts my spirit with joy for it tells us of the vibrant work of the Holy Spirit. I realize that I’m hapless and hopeless without the Spirit’s direction in my life. I want the Spirit to dominate me with his constant help. The joy of trusting His work in me is definitely a mighty fine replacement for down times.

God's Promises

And there’s the Bible verse in Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV) that reads, “Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” God’s Word promises to show us the mighty things. We only need ask.

When we’re old we can’t miraculously grow backwards to being young but we can think young, even feel young. There’s nothing innately wrong with being old as long as we’re living on earth either. While we’re here on earth, Proverbs 20:29 (ESV) shows us the equation between youth and age: "The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair." I doubt that God’s Word meant that an old man’s thinning gray hair is a splendid thing, but rather that the gray hair means he’s attained wisdom from living to old age.

Yes, the aged are considered the wise ones among us. We don’t mention about the wisdom of youth. Let’s face it, wisdom comes with years of time. Most youth wouldn’t claim that word for themselves anyhow. They’re smart enough, if not wise enough, to know that.

Of course, heaven will reverse the aged to youth again, but it will be a complete re-creation of us by Jesus that causes such a reversal. Yet it will happen to all the aged-redeemed. And that will be a mighty fine happening!

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By Betty Kossick. Copyright © 2013 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982 and the ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION ®.

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