An Inspirational & Spiritual View of Aging
It's only the beginning now
...a pathway yet unknown
At times the sound of other steps
...sometimes we walk alone
The best beginnings of our lives
May sometimes end in sorrow
But even on our darkest days
The sun will shine tomorrow.
So, we must do our very best
Whatever life may bring
And look beyond the winter chill
To smell the breath of spring.
Into each life will always come
A time to start anew
A new beginning for each heart
As fresh as morning dew.
Although the cares of life are great
And heads are bowed so low
The storms of life will leave behind
The wonder of a rainbow.
The years will never take away
Our chance to start anew
It's only the beginning now
So, dreams can still come true.
Gertrude B. McClain
Longevity Response-Ability Reflections
“People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered…Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives …Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies…Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you…Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight …Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, people may be jealous…Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow…Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough…Give the world your best anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” Mother Teresa
“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.” Ephesians 1:11-12 (MSG)
“Old age is a blessing from the Lord. Old age can carry with it meaning and purpose and passion, even though one has passed the active stage of living. It gives an opportunity to prioritize a lifestyle where one is communing with the Lord in a special way and sharing his / her experiences with those around them.” Engaging in the Aging
“Amazing ‘comebacks’ thrill all of us who are still breathing and believe there is a reason for us to be alive today because God has not called us ‘home.’ You can finish strong regardless of your beginning or where you are now. The choice is yours.” Chuck Stecker
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.” John Wesley
“Research shows that social detachment – having few close relationships – is as bad for us as smoking, and worse than obesity. Socialization creates a quality of life that is healthy, happier, and hopeful.” Engaging in the Aging
“Legacy is not what's left tomorrow when you're gone. It's what you give, create, impact and contribute each day while you're here that then happens to live on.” Anonymous
“If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.” George Macdonald
“The great temptations of old age are to whine, to recline, and to decline. But here is a fourth possibility: to shine.” Richard L. Morgan
“Life is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.” Anonymous
“We make a living out of what we get. We make a life out of what we give.” Winston Churchill
“And in the end, it’s not the years in a life. It’s the life in the years.” Abraham Lincoln
“We are called upon every day to do small things with great love." Mother Teresa
“Life is like a bicycle…you don’t fall off until you stop pedaling.” Claude Pepper
Thoughts to Ponder
Leaving a legacy
Finding a new purpose for living
The important things in life are not things
The happiest people do not necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have
People will forget what you said; people will forget what you did; but people will never forget how you made them feel
Today is the oldest you have ever been, yet the youngest you will ever be, so, enjoy each day God gives to you
You can’t plan it all out, but you can plan on God’s faithfulness
Getting ready for God’s call to eternity
NIV Biblical Perspective
Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Leviticus 19:32 Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD.
Deuteronomy 32:7 Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.
1 King 3:14 And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.
Job 12:12 The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers, but the root of the righteous endures.
Job 32:7 Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.
Psalm 1:3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prosper.
Psalm 71:9 Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.
Psalm 71:18 Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.
Psalm 92:14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.
Proverbs 10:27 The fear of the LORD adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.
Proverbs 16:31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.
Isaiah 46:4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Isaiah 65:22 No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
1 Timothy 5:1-2 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.