Thoughts On Aging

Written by: Carolyn Ruttan

A few weeks ago I was at a conference in Victoria BC and I went for a walk downtown one afternoon. I stopped in at the Bulk Barn looking for a treat or something that we are not able to find in Honduras. Not wanting to pack on the pounds while in Canada, I purchased just a small sampling of a few candies.  Enough to have a taste of things I have missed.

Then the cashier spoke to me. ”Did you want the seniors discount today?” Wait. What did she just say? Seniors discount?  I replied in the negative, and honestly, I was slightly offended. I am not even fifty let alone a senior. Did I really look that old!?

It’s happened to me here in Honduras too where I’ve been given the seniors discount.  And I get put in the tercera edad line all the time.

The truth is that whether we want to admit or not, we are all going to get old someday. Maybe you are already there. Or maybe you feel like you are.  Aging is just a normal part of life. Grey hair and wrinkles, aches and pains…to name just a few.

I remember one time a number of years back when my son Jake innocently asked my mom why she had so many stripes on her face.  My mom took it well and just laughed about it while explaining that they were not stripes as Jake supposed, but  wrinkles!

Life is short. Time passes so fast. I only have to look at my children to see the truth in that. Especially now as we are in the throes of empty nesting and the time they moved into our homes as toddlers doesn’t seem all that long ago.

James 4:14 But you don’t have a clue what tomorrow will bring. For your fleeting life is but a warm breath of air that is visible in the cold only for a moment and then vanishes.

Psalm 144:4 For we are like a breath of air; our days are like a passing shadow.

Ecclesiastes 12:6,7  MSG “Life, lovely while it lasts, is soon over.  Life as we know it, precious and beautiful, ends. The body is put back in the same ground it came from. The spirit returns to God, who first breathed it.”

I don’t know about you, but I want to make the most of this life God has given me. We are only given one life. I don’t want to waste it.  I want it to count for something. I don’t want to have any more moments where I wish I would have done or said something that I knew that the Lord was laying on my heart.  I want to continue to grow, change and flourish. I don’t want to sit back while life happens all around me.  I don’t want to have regrets. I don’t want to stay in the same place spiritually, or grow stagnant…because I don’t know everything there is to know. I want to grow more in knowledge of the Lord and his goodness and pursue whatever dreams he places in my heart.  Even as I age. Until I breathe my last breath.

Psalm 92:14 Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. They will declare, “The Lord is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him!”

C.S Lewis once said, You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

When we were at the conference I mentioned at the start of this post, I was speaking with one of my pastors from my childhood, Abe Kudra.  He is still pastoring at 91 years of age. He looks the same as I remember him from more than thirty plus years ago and God is still using him.

Acts 2:17 “In the last days,” God says, “I will pour out my spirit upon all people. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions and your old men will dream dreams.”

So if you are feeling like you are too old to go after your dreams, I encourage you to take steps in that direction. Trust that He will make it come to pass. You are never too old to be used by God. You are never too old to dream.