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Aging  Well

I hear people talk about someone who is "really getting on up in years." It is a blessing to live a long life and reach the twilight years. God's Word tells us to be respectful of those who are our elders: "Thou shalt rise up  before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD" (Lev. 19:32). The world would be a better place if younger generations would appreciate and honor those who have reached seniority.

There is a responsibility that comes with age. I've also heard people say, "She has really aged well." Christians ought to be men and women who "age well" - in areas such as maturity, spirituality, knowledge, wisdom and the fruits of the Spirit.

Titus 2:1-5 speaks directly to older Christians: "But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: that the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That ey may teac young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."

Retirement is rewarding to someone who has worked hard all their life. But we cannot retire from following and serving God. Notice how much emphasis is placed in Titus 2 upon the kind of qualities older Christians are to exemplify and teach to the younger ones coming after them! The old saying is true: "Young people set their watches, for right time or wrong, by the watches of their elders." Younger generations need a pattern of life worth emulating, a living demonstration of Christianity, a role model to look up to in the lives of men and women who have reached the zenith of life.

Are you "aging well"? --Clyde H. Slimp