Growing old

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We are all in the process of growing old, whether we like it or not. I have heard it said, “You are only young once.”

I’m not sure just how long young is. I have known people who in their early 20s were already starting to grow old. Some had physical issues and other issues were wearing them down rather quickly.

I have reminded many people that we only have one life on this earth and the best thing we can all do is live for our Lord and enjoy every day of it to its fullest. Don’t waste your time complaining about something you can do nothing about.

“To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes

I have known older folks who spend more time counting their wrinkles than they do counting their blessings.

“If wrinkles must be written upon out brow, let them not be written upon our heart. The spirit should not grow old.”

James A. Garfield

I have also known elderly folks who remained young at heart and kept a beautiful attitude and enjoyed their golden years to the fullest.

If we live long enough, we will all become senior citizens. Just remember the next time you feel like making a negative comment about an older person, your day will be here sooner than you think.

“Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father.”

Leviticus 10:32

Age is a quality of the mind:

If you have left your dreams behind,

If hope is cold;

If you no longer look ahead,

If your ambition’s fires are dead

Then you are old.

But if from life you take the best,

And if in life you keep the jest,

If love you hold;

No matter how the years go by,

No matter how the birthdays fly — You are not old.

— Edward Tuck

Keep smiling my friend!

THINK ABOUT IT!

About the Author

George A. Hazlett is a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He has written the weekly column, Think About it!, published weekly in Farm and Dairy for almost 28 years. He and his wife, Myrna, live in Hartville, Ohio. More Stories by George A. Hazlett

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