This week's theme in the Carnival of Beauty is The Beauty of Aging Gracefully and is being hosted by Carol over at She Lives. Tomorrow she'll post the links to all who participated this week, so be sure and check back over at her site for some interesting reading.
How am I aging? Am I doing it gracefully? Am I giving the Lord the credit for allowing me to live longer to serve Him? Or am I grumbling about the aches and pains that inevitably show up once we're over the hill?
I remember as a teen I always wanted to be older...I'd answer the question, "And how old are you?" with "almost 18." It continued into my young adult life. You could hear me saying, "almost 25." I actually didn't mind turning 30. I'm not sure when I stopped longing to be older than I really was and started whispering my age, but somewhere along the way it happened.
Proverbs 16:31 tells us: "The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness." Another version puts it this way: "Long life is the reward of the righteous; gray hair is a glorious crown." I have this verse written on a small business-sized card and taped to my dresser mirror. I see it every day. A friend of mine mailed it to me long years ago--maybe it was back when the first gray hairs started appearing; she wanted to encourage me, and she did.
The Bible tells us we are to honor the aged and revere our elders, although the thinking in today's world is just the opposite. Leviticus 19:32 says, "Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the Lord."
I have had older friends, and I really enjoyed being around them. They seemed to have all the time in the world and loved having someone to talk to. I hope when I'm at that stage of life I will be a joy to be around because I will have trusted the Lord so much through the years that my countenance will reflect His glory. I pray that I will age gracefully, and my grandchildren will hear about all the great works the Lord has accomplished in our family.
"Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not until I have shown thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to everyone that is to come." ~ Psalms 71:18