Aging Gracefully?

by | Jun 27, 2024 | Provision, Strength

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”

(2 Corinthians 4:16 ESV)

“Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent.”

(Psalm 71:9 ESV)

There are times when I feel like I’m still young and can do the things I used to do. Then there are days when I feel every day of my 68 years. I do not like those times.

I am just glad we don’t live as long as they did in early Bible days. In the early days, the average lifespan was around 900 years. In Genesis we read that Adam lived 930 years, Seth lived 912 years, Enosh lived 905 years, Kenan lived 910 years, Mahalalel lived 895 years, Jared lived 962 years, Methuselah lived 969 years, Lamech lived 777 years, and Noah lived 950 years (See Genesis 5:5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 27, 31; 9:29). Can you imagine living that long? My grandma Keller lived to 102. I really hope that I don’t, unless I am healthy and still have my right mind.

I am all for aging gracefully, but why does aging have to be so hard? My oldest brother told me once that getting old is not for wimps. I believe it. The younger people need strength and stamina to be able to support a family. But the older generation retires and starts a life that might be as busy. But we still need to have strength and stamina to do the things we need to do. But a lot of us no longer have the strength or stamina to do the things we need to do.

But you know something? God is in the helping business. He will provide for our needs. He will make sure we have what we need when we need it. That’s because God loves us and wants His children to have what we need.

Are you aging gracefully or fighting it every step of the way? My advice is to  keep fighting but gracefully.  Don’t let the devil steal anything else from you.

Have a great day, everyone. 

Kathy Keller
Writer and Prayer warrior with Answers2Prayer Ministries
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Aging Gracefully?