Monday, October 18, 2010

The Aging Process

"Teach us to number our days aright, that we my gain a heart of wisdom." 
Psalm 90:12 (NIV)

I'm sure that there has been at least one person in your life that you've thought, i hope i'm like that person when i get to be their age. You know what i mean. Someone you want to be when age creeps into your facial features & your step slows.

Someone who showed you that beauty shines from within & has grown brighter with time & experience. Two very special ladies come to mind with me. Both are gone now, but as i grow older, i want to be like them.  And boy oh boy! Do i have a LONG way to go!!!!!

They both were women of strong faith. Recently, i read a bit of advice that could've have come from either one of them: 

"Be today who you want to be tomorrow."

How profound is that! So how do we apply that advice? First, i think we need to ask God to reveal our sins & flaws. Then repent & ask for forgiveness & start living differently today.  Sometimes, thinking about aging & watching our loved ones age, can generate fear.

"Even when I am old & gray
do not forsake me, O God.
till I declare Your power to the next generation
Your might to all who are to come."
Psalm 71:18 (NIV) 
But by facing the future with hope & faith, we can begin shaping our tomorrows today. Imagine yourself in your 80s. Which traits could become ugly when magnified by age? Now normally, this is where i would avow what traits of mine that i'm going to work on. However, this week, i've decided to keep my dirty laundry hidden. =) Sometimes, things are just too personal to share. But if we're honest with ourselves, we know what traits need work. My advice is don't limit yourself or think, "i'll work on that later". 

"Be today who you want to be tomorrow."

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