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On the way to good old age
CAROLINE L. BELTRAN, Baguio City

This article is for folks old enough to be retired. But if you consider yourself young, keep on reading anyway, for you are headed to the golden years.

As I grow older, I need God’s help to recognize the frailties and temptations that come late in life. Frailties are weaknesses of character, while temptations are ways of making someone think of doing wrong.

There is a tendency to lose heart in facing seniority. Physical strength declines and decreases, health deteriorates, memory gets cloudy. However, there is no need to be desperate. Every day can be a new beginning towards good old age. Growing older can mean maturing, growing in grace and fruitfulness, getting sweeter as the days go by.

Growing old means to become more mellow, made mild by age; to become less critical of others, and less impatient with the attitudes of the younger generation.

The drain of the years can be sufficiently met by the spring of God’s grace, grace is the undeserved love and salvation God gives. It is also an undeserved favor or gift, undeserved forgiveness, kindness, and mercy that God gives us.

We can continue to grow and be spiritually productive as we age. Ask God to make us sweeter and mellower as our age progresses. Never grow old – only older.

May it be said of us – though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. Isaiah 40:31 declares, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.

Proverbs 20:29 says that the glory of the young is their strength, the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.

Getting older can mean growing, maturing, ministering, venturing, enjoying life to the end of our days. Let us not merely grow older but more Christlike.

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