Growing older is not as bad as the youth expect. Actually, it is a great experience! Those who seem to be “on their last legs” in our fast moving world are actually very well prepared to live in the present and future due to their past. There is no substitute for experience.
Even if we have been endowed with the gift of inspiration, the fact remains that the only way to gain knowledge through experience is to live. I do not discount divine inspiration, but I am aware that “faith without works is dead.”
Here is my major emphasis at this point in this essay: we must not discount the elderly when decisions of life or death are being considered. They know about both. Those who can almost count the number of years remaining to live in a human body on this earth and face the future unflinchingly, are the very people whose opinions ought to be taken into account. They are far more brave, prepared, and eager for the future than are those who have not lived the years they have lived.
A worm goes into a cocoon state and remains there for a while. Later, the worm disappears and a butterfly emerges. The butterfly is beautiful. The worm was disgusting. Nobody collects worms! They collect butterflies!
Youth can be a beautiful state if the young remember who gave them life. If they appreciate their parents, and other forbears, they can be attractive and a blessing to others. The scripture teaches that we should honor our parents.
Be careful, youth of today, about belittling your parents. Whatever you do, do not air your family’s “dirty laundry.” Respect your parents and siblings.
Age is to be valued. Never discount the possibility that hidden in a silver head of hair is the experience the world needs for survival.
I am writing this as a senior citizen who is still 45 in his head while my body is saying “you must be kidding.” However, I have learned a few things in 82 years of life and over 62 years of ministry in the service of Jesus. He is my Lord, and he will be when I see him in person in Heaven when I am 120.