Sunday, December 17th, 2017
Beginnings (Part 3)
Growing Old Gracefully
Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.
Deuteronomy 34:7 (NIV)
They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green...
Psalm 92:14 (NLT)
When I was a young and feisty woman, I wasn't afraid of advancing years. I never considered hiding my age. Instead, I was grateful for the years I had lived. But then and now, my goal remains the same: to stay healthy and grow old gracefully...
With a strong emphasis on the word, GRACE, as the empowering Presence of God:* to be strong, vigorous and productive; to exit earth stage right... on a high note.**
But great exits involve many factors:
1. Oneness with Christ through the Holy Spirit.
2. Keeping our bodies clean, fresh and busy.
3. Living life to the fullest every day.
4. Seeing each sunrise as a beginning.
5. Avoiding stale religious rituals.***
Therefore, I encourage fellow seniors, jaded juniors and tired executives to look for the joy and not for the gripes; to search for the newness in each moment; to let go of past hurts through forgiveness...
Because to do so is godly and wise. Because beginnings will never get old.
To Be Continued...
* Short article: GRACE, Not Unmerited Favor, http://www.thoughtsfromgod.com/grace-not-unmerited-favor/
** 'Although Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, his eye was not dim, nor his vigor abated' (Deuteronomy 34:7, NIV).
** I am not labeling churches (or their features/meetings) as stale rituals... but some are. Each follower of Christ needs fellowship with a group of Spirit-filled believers, because God says we are influenced by our friends.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Beginnings series.