Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Getting Older, With a Purpose

I need a younger look, Chuck. Someone thought I was five years older than I am.” I laughed when I said this, but I certainly wasn’t laughing on the inside.

The owner of True Blondes assured me he would fix the problem. A shorter haircut later, almost like a miracle, a younger looking me got up from the chair. At least, my husband, Bert, said I looked younger. (He wouldn’t lie, would he?)

Photo of the four sisters! 
I wish I could say I didn’t care how much my age is beginning to show. Having sisters who seem to be aging more gracefully doesn’t help. Although we’re about the same age, their chins, arms and midriffs look better than mine. Sigh.

If you read last week’s column, you’re probably wondering if someone else is writing this week’s. Don’t be confused. My ambivalence is due to my entering a new decade (a decade that has an older-sounding number).

Yet, I still want God to be my purpose for living. Don’t you? In fact, let’s ask God to use us every day for the rest of our lives. Let’s continue to declare His faithfulness, especially to this generation.

Psalm 71:17-18 (NASB) says, “O God, You have taught me from my youth, And I still declare Your wondrous deeds. And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come.”

I like this verse, a lot.

Therefore, even though I am beginning to resemble one who is old and gray (though, with True Blondes’ help, you’ll never see the gray part), I have purpose. So, from this – may I say mature – woman of God, get ready – you haven’t heard nothing yet.

O God, thank You for my life, all 60 years of it! I pray You will grant me (and everyone who reads this) more years so we can declare Your wondrous deeds, strength and power to this generation and to all who are to come. Amen!

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