SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, 2011 "The fear of the Lord adds length to life." Pr 10:27 NIV Aging well requires that you stay flexible. The Bible says: "Clouds always bring rain; trees always stay wherever they fall. If you worry about the weather and don't plant seeds, you won't harvest a crop" (Ecc 11:3-4 CEV). Certain things are inevitable in life. Clouds bring the rain. Trees fall in a storm. Like the weather, circumstances arise that you can't control. Hazard-free living is a myth; every undertaking entails risk. "If you dig a pit, you might fall in; if you break down a wall, a snake might bite you. You could even get hurt by...chopping a log" (Ecc 10:8-9 CEV). You say, "At my age, I play it safe and take no chances." Avoiding risk guarantees missing what God has for you just ahead. So how can you enjoy the final years of your life? Don't avoid-adjust, adapt, advance. But be practical; pace yourself! What if things take longer to do than when you were younger? Yes, your energy level may require more frequent breaks, but your advanced years allow you more time and less hurry than your frantic past. Slow down; embrace this opportunity to accomplish things you've never attempted. In his eighties, Rubinstein amazed audiences with his piano playing skills. Gladstone became Britain's prime minister for the fourth time in his eighties. John Wesley preached every day at eighty-eight. Moses led Israel at 120. Caleb led his troops against an army of giants at eighty, and won. Two-thirds of the world's greatest works of art were accomplished by people over sixty-five. Don't let a little rain, a falling tree or a possible risk stop you.
Published on Sunday, January 23, 2011 @ 6:09 AM CDT