The aging process is an inevitable fact of life. One day, we are getting married and raising our families. The next, we are facing retirement and grandchildren. We look in the mirror and see the eager energy of our youth masked by time.
Aging can have its downside. The human body undergoes profound physiological changes as it ages, and people may experience despair and sorrow at the loss of their youth.
However, history shows some of the greatest contributions to the world have been made by older persons. For example, Michelangelo was still designing churches at age 88. Albert Schweitzer was operating his hospital in Africa at age 89. And at 100 years old, Grandma Moses was still painting.
Each of these individuals had something in common: faith. They had faith in life, and faith in living. And they used it for good. Faith transforms life’s experiences into wisdom of lessons learned, and it gives age its beauty by turning wrinkles into smiles.
So where is the joy in growing old? The joy lies in knowing that we can remain optimistic and hopeful in spite of the aging process. In the book of Corinthians, the Bible says:
“For this reason we never become discouraged. Even through your physical being is gradually decaying, yet your spiritual being is renewed day after day.” –2 Corinthians 4:16
We are blessed with gifts that God gave us as children that we develop and cherish in our youth. But God continues to grant us gifts so we can make contributions and lead a meaningful life, at any age.