by John Russell
I am almost ashamed to admit that I am part of that dubious group labeled “The Boomers,” because of the excess whining and loudness our generational tone seems to have taken. Face it—we aren’t aging well, but aging we are.
Solomon might be the patron saint of our generation, reminding us of the message the mirror conveys that we often ignore (Ecclesiastes 12:1-7). We face vision problems, unsteady hands and gait, grinders that cease because they are few (v. 3), a lack of sleep, and an increase in worries. And let’s be honest. He could have included our griping at the music now introduced into worship services!
I’ve told my kids my prayer has now become, “Lord, please don’t let me become a crabby old man!” (My loving son has replied, “Too late!”) We like to say 60 is the new 40, but while our activity might be good, how about our attitude? Are we still foolish and selfish?
Notice what Solomon wrote before he gave his warning about getting older: “However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all” (11:8). God wants us to be joyful. Jesus came to make our joy complete. God fashions this joy for all ages.
I miss certain things that came with having a younger body: energy levels, elasticity, and swifter healing properties. But as we age, as we get more serious about life, and as human experiences become more hazardous, I have observed that real vision improves through insight and the ability to capture the beauty through simple things—like the sweet sounds of a young grandchild’s amateur piano recital.
God is our constant presence through life’s journey. Don’t miss the joy and get hemmed in by wishing your life away or missing the constant beauty by being dominated by irritating issues, allowing sin to enslave and rule your spirit. Rather than being riveted on the mundane, savor each moment for its joy, or its lessons, and accept them as a part of the future blessings God lavishes upon us.
John Russell recently retired from a 40-year ministry with Lakeside Christian Church in Lakeside Park, Kentucky. John and his wife Susan have two adult children, Jay and Stacey.