I thought, ‘Those who are older should speak, for wisdom comes with age.’ – Job 32:7
In the book Live and Learn and Pass It On, H. Jackson Brown, Jr., recounted some of the life lessons people of different ages said they’d learned. Here are a few he collected and the ages of the people who shared them:
- Lending money to friends and relatives causes them to get amnesia. (32)
- You should always put on a new bathing suit and get it wet before wearing it in public. (21)
- No situation is so bad that losing your temper won’t make it worse. (41)
- You shouldn’t leave your fork on the plate when you reheat food in the microwave. (13)
- When you’re too busy for friends, you’re too busy. (48) Life is like a 10-speed bicycle – most of us have gears we never use. (59)
- When parents say, “It doesn’t matter what we think – you are the one dating him,” they hate the guy. (24)
- Keep your words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them. (38)
- The more mistakes you make, the smarter you get. (13)
- If you are still talking about what you did yesterday, you haven’t done much today. (21)
One of the remarkable benefits of getting older is that you have many life lessons like these that you can share with others. That’s exactly why in cultures around the world, gray hair is indicative of wisdom!
As you reflect upon your life, think of the life lessons that come to mind. Make a list of them so you can share them with others. When you allow your experiences to be teachable lessons for others, you’ll breathe life into their relationship with God!
Pray and ask God to bring to mind your life lessons. Make a list and share them with others who can learn from your experiences.
Questions for Thought
Can you identify one person in your life that might benefit from your wisdom today?
What are two life lessons you’ve learned the hard way?