Do you remember what it’s like to be a kid, or to be a teenager, or to be in college? For years, you can’t wait to “grow up” and get out there in the real world and be an adult. And then one day it happens and you realize, “Hm. This isn’t quite as much fun as I thought it would be.”
Suddenly your biggest worry isn’t a term paper or final exam, but a mortgage or health issue. You find yourself having conversations, not about the latest episode of your favorite television show, but about finding a good doctor and what brand is really the best kitchen cleanser. It’s like your dreams of adulthood are simultaneously realized and dashed. It’s strange.
Still, as much as we may joke about recapturing our youth or the “good ol’ days,” there is something about growing older that we ought not despise. That’s why I always feel a bit grieved when I see a church that abounds in a younger demographic, but has few—if any—gray heads in the pews. No matter our age, we can learn much from those who are our elders, so let us not despise the aged.
Gray hair is a crown of glory;Proverbs 16:31
it is gained in a righteous life.
Why not ponder how you might honor someone older than you? And as you do that, take some time also to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- Do we seek repentance on our terms, or God’s?
- Five truths to consider about the Holy Spirit.
- Everyone is a theologian.
- “Self care” doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
- Jesus is the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd feeds His sheep.
- Helping you answer the question, “Did the Church create the Bible?”
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- Wait, what is happening?
- Did you see the full worm supermoon?
- Lifeway is closing all of their stores.
- This is cool, but I fear it will cause accidents. Many, many accidents.
- How pretty! I didn’t know such a thing existed!
When God gives a promise, He always tries our faith. Just as the roots of trees take firmer hold when they are contending with the wind, so faith takes a firmer hold when it struggles with adverse appearances.Robert Murray M’Cheyne