Growing older…

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“We-dont-stop-playing-because-we-grow-old-we-grow-old-because-we-stop-playing.”-George-Bernard-Shaw

Romans 8:11 If the Spirit of (God) who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

This is one of those good news/bad news situations.As Paul writes, God will one day raise us up from the dead to eternal life as he did Jesus. 🙂 The bad news is that our mortal life will one day come to an end :(.

In all likelihood, I’m in the second half of life as I will turn 49 years old in July. I expect some of you are as well. I’m grateful that my body is still functioning well. Not perfectly, but well. Yet I’m also growing aware that I cannot/should not do things I’ve done in the past.

When I have really heavy items to lift and/or move, I no longer just try to muscle them to where I want them. I find help from another person or use a hand truck or dolly. Tools are our friends people!

I find it difficult to stay up into the wee hours and then function well the next day – like I did in my 20s and 30s. My older body needs rest, and a consistent schedule to feel at my best. Sleep is our friend too! And the older I get the more of it I need, despite the fact that I find it harder to sleep through the night. I sleep, but it’s often not GOOD sleep. It’s fitful sometimes. Naps are awesome. Viva la siesta!

Yet I function much better than some older people in my life whom I dearly love. They are much closer to the next life than I likely am, and it’s not easy to watch. I remember them as young and vigorous, though they are no more. In many cases, their minds are sharp, but their bodies fail them a bit more each day. As does mine.

Today’s passage reminds me of my mortality – and yours. Unlike when I was a younger man, I no longer believe I’ll live forever. As a favorite blues artist Bonnie Raitt once wrote, “Life gets mighty precious… when there’s less of it to waste”.

Leaves me this morning with some key thoughts:

1. I should not take this life for granted. I will not live forever, so I should make the most of what time I have. As should you.

2. What are the important things I’m neglecting right now, assuming I’ll attend to them – later? Maybe now is later.

3. I’ll be praying today especially for those with failing health.

Kryrie Eleison! (Lord, have mercy!)

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