Sunday 19 August 2012


Wrinkling, sagging and slowing down with age shouldn’t hinder us from living a productive life which glorifies God. Like wine we mellow with age.

Ageing is inevitable. No one can stop the relentless march of time.

The Bible associates ageing with the ebbing away of various faculties resulting in a general slowing down, frailty, insomnia and a diminished zest for life. Life’s pleasures seem to be less enjoyable, contributed in part by the loss of teeth (Ecclesiastes 12:1-7).

However, what is more important is our perspective on ageing and how committed we are to God’s calling. If our minds and physical bodies slow down, should our faith slow down as well?

Our twilight years may be our best years yet. Like wine we mellow with age.

Our grey-haired years can be the golden period. By lifestyle modification, good personal healthcare and a positive mental attitude, we can delay the inevitable effects of ageing and still remain active, upbeat and productive.

Bob Buford, author of "Half Time", believes that in the second half of our life, we should be moving from success to significance. Armed with wisdom, experience, skill and training acquired through the years, retirees can contribute much to the home, church and community. Many would have attained financial stability and thus have the financial resources to help others. All these factors plus God’s empowerment enable seniors to lead fulfilling lives with eternal significance.

Our physical bodies may lose their glow but our lives remain radiant as we seek to live out His will till the end.

“But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day” (Proverbs 4:18).



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