Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
— 2 Corinthians 4:16
Henry Durbanville wrote a book several years ago called The Best Is Yet To Be. In it, he argued that growing older isn’t something that should be dreaded, but embraced – that our senior years can be the best of our lives.
Here’s one particularly powerful point he made…
“I feel so sorry for folks who don’t like to grow old… I revel in my years. They enrich me… I would not exchange… the abiding rest of soul, the measure of wisdom I have gained from the sweet and bitter and perplexing experiences of life; nor the confirmed faith I now have in the… love of God, for all the bright and uncertain hopes and tumultuous joys of youth.
“These are the best years of my life… The way grows brighter; the birds sing sweeter; the winds blow softer; the sun shines more radiantly than ever before. I suppose ‘my outward man’ is perishing, but ‘my inward man’ is being joyously renewed day by day.”
So many see age as a liability in life – that growing older means they’re less useful. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Your age is a great asset to your ministry to others!
Don’t ever let age discourage you from making a difference in others’ lives. Use your wisdom and experience to share truth with others!
Ask God to remind you of the wisdom and life experience He’s given you – and to guide you as you pass it on to others.
Questions for Thought:
In what way do you generally think about getting older? Is it an asset or a liability in your mind?
How might your life and ministry look differently if you saw getting older as an advantage?