How Old Are You?

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

The following post is directed toward older persons, but is very relevant for younger people. If you are going to be older, read on.

Israel’s King Solomon gave this graphic description of ageing.

“the keepers of the house shall tremble.” (Hands shake.)

“the strong men shall bow themselves down.” (Legs grow weak.)

“the grinders cease because they are few.” (Teeth decay.)

“those that look out the windows be darkened.” (Vision fails.)

“the sound of the grinding is low.” (Digestion is poor.)

“then he shall rise up at the voice of a bird.” (Insomnia.))

“the daughters of music shall be brought low.” (Hearing is impaired.)

“fears shall be in the way.” (Phobias develop.)

“the almond tree shall flourish.” (Hair turns grey.)

“desire shall fail.” (Sexual impotence.)

“the golden bowl be broken.” (Cerebral trouble.)

“the pitcher be broken at the fountain.” (Heart trouble.)

“the wheel be broken at the cistern.” (Blood pressure problems.)

“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return to the God who gave it.” Ecclesiastes 12:3 – 7

Compassionately Solomon offers this council.

“Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth before the difficult days come.” 

Based on his wisdom, and my experience in “these difficult days,” I offer similar advice. You will never be younger, and you are sure to grow older, unless…. 

The subtle pastels of Solomon’s painting are more beautiful in that light.

When adversity comes, and it will, are you going to spend your time sulking and getting bitter or building a bridge to get over it?

“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11-13