There’s a lot about getting old that doesn’t seem appealing. Even now, only as a twenty-nine year old, there’s lower back pain, thinning hair, perpetual itches, and a snail’s metabolism. And this body will only continue to waste away, (even with Beachbody and kale 😉). But for the Christian, there’s something beautiful about getting old. It’s an opportunity to show decades of faithfulness from and to God. The psalmist writes,
17 O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
18 So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. – Psalm 71:17-18
How wonderful it would be to be an elderly man, looking back at his life, seeing how from his youth God has been faithful and steadfast, and longing to tell the next generation about Him. That should be on our bucket lists. That’s a life well-lived: experiencing the love of God year after year and proclaiming it to as many people as you can.
It would be better to be with the Lord already, but while it’s not yet time, may our lives be like that, by His grace, and for His namesake.