By Bettye Beck (Mrs. Bill) deceased
I suppose that no one relishes the idea of growing old. Most of us do not want to think about it, in fact, our society encourages us to follow the impossible dream of staying perpetually young, While we cannot do that, we do not have to grow old before our time. There is nothing unrealistic about being “young at heart,” and wanting to stay “alive” all of our life. We must not stop living just because we have reached a certain age. Look at some who kept on going:
Michaelangelo was 71 when he was appointed supervising architect of St. Peter’s.
Grandma Moses did not even start to paint until she was 76.
Galileo published a book at the age of 74.
Duke Ellington was passed over by the Pulitzer Prize Advisory Committee when he was 66 years old. His response was, “Well, God didn’t want me to be famous too early.”
Pablo Casals played a concert at the White House at 85.
George Bernard Shaw fractured his leg at 96. How did he do it? He fell out of a tree he was pruning.
Do you fear the signs of encroaching age? Listen to the instructions of the apostle Paul. “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen, but to the things that are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:16, 18).
Faithful Christians have nothing to fear in death. We have a mansion in heaven that is far beyond anything we see here on earth and Jesus says he has gone “to prepare that place for us.” We don’t ever need to fret and frown over our wrinkles and the gray hair.
Life is for the living and what ever amount of time we have it should be spent in loving others and serving our Master. We as Christians have every reason to be positive about the future. As the apostle Paul said, “For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.” We can’t lose.
- Bettye Beck (Mrs. Bill)