The fear of the Lord adds length to life (Prov 10:27)
The secrete of ageing well is staying young at heart staying close to God, and staying fully engaged with life. The mirror isn’t your problem how you see yourself is. Have you noticed how “young” some older people are, and how ‘old’ their peers seem? Seeking the elusive fountain of youth isn’t the answer, nor is surrendering to time and fate. Rather, do those two things. First, be realistic. Nothing is sillier than a woman made up to recreate what she hasn’t been for decades – excerpt an older man in an unbuttoned shirt flashing jewellery intended to recreate the macho image of a lost youth. When you are comfortable with your age and stage in life, others will be too. Solomon points out that age decreases vigour, dims vision, slackens muscles, stiffens joints, whitens hair, and so on (Eccl 12:1-5 TM) Vitamins, exercise and a good attitude help, but you must be realistic in order to handle ageing with dignity. Second, keep giving. “ Be generous: invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. Don’t hoard your goods, spread them around. Be a blessing to others …” (Eccl 11:1-2TM) Don’t stop investing your energy and resources into God’s kingdom because you think its time for the young folk to take over. If you do that loneliness and depression will set in, and illness and death soon follow. When you shut the door, draw the curtains and isolate yourself, you’re old at any age. But when you stay in the mainstream, give yourself to God and others, you’ll stay all your life. (TWFT) PRAYER LINE: Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face; And the things of earth will grow strangely dim In the light of His glory and grace – Lemmel
__________________________________________________________ Focusing on Christ puts everything in perspective.

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