Growing Old

J. D. Conley
March 6, 2016

Brother N. B. Hardeman was once asked to preach on the subject of growing older. Even though he was in his eighties at the time he said, "I'm too young to speak as one should on this topic." If brother Hardeman felt he was "too young to speak on this topic, then I certainly feel too young to write about it. Nonetheless, being born in the late 50's and growing up in the 60's and 70's, perhaps I can say something of worth in these lines.

Everyone Is Growing Older At The Same Rate. Whether it's the newborn baby or the senior citizen, time, (i.e., life), is passing by at the same rate of speed. Its just that some have a head start on others. Maybe time seem to go faster when we're older because its a matter of fractions. One year of life for a ten year old, is a big chunk of his life. Whereas one year of life for a 70 year old, is a small one. But no matter where a person is in life, the Scriptures teach time is illusory and fleeting, (Psalm 90:9-10; Job 7:6; James 4:14).

Everyone If Given Time Will Grow Old. Young people never think getting old will ever happen to them. At best, some young people will admit it, but its way off in the far distant future. This mindset although understandable, is faulty. Growing older is something they have never personally experienced. Oh, they see it in their parents, and grandparents, but somehow they feel immune. Growing older to boys is growing taller and physically stronger. For girls its becoming a beautiful woman and reaching physical maturity. But what will be their thinking when they turn thirty or forty as their physical beauty and prowess begins to fade and depart? Young people look at growing older as getting better, yet there comes an age where the apex has been reached. Physically it comes earlier than mentally, yet it comes.

Some Are Already Old. Doubtless, it came a lot quicker than you thought it would. But regardless of what age you are in life, if God permits, you, as well as everyone else, will only grow older. No matter where you are on life's timeline, how will you choose to live the balance of your days? Methuselah lived 969 years and died the year of the flood. He was probably one of the wicked people who drowned. If so, his life, though long, was wasted. On the other hand,

Jesus lived only 33 short years, yet no life ever accomplished more! Its more important to add life to our years, instead of years to our lives. But should God bless us with growing old or even older, let's use our allotted time obeying these words, "For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it" (1 Peter 3:10-11).

"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ..." (2Peter 3:18).