The best is yet to come

Do you wake up in the morning with creaky stiff bones? Do you allow “stinking thinking” to dominate your thoughts? Do you long for the good old days? I have good news. The “now” of life becomes “the good old days.” You are older and wiser. You have a treasure of experience. You have learned a lot from life. You are a valuable asset to other people.

I hear this a lot: “Well, I’m getting older, you know.” Nonsense. I submit to you that life and age are a matter of attitude.

I’ve said it before, but I love what Caleb said to Joshua in Joshua 14:10-12: “Now then, the LORD has kept his promise. He has kept me alive for 45 years from the time he said this to Moses during the time we all wandered in the desert. Now here I am, 85 years old. I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me out, and I am just as ready to fight now as I was then. So give me the mountain country the Lord promised me that day long ago. Back then you heard that the Anakite people lived there and the cities were large and well protected. But now with the Lord helping me, I will force them out, just as the Lord said” (NCV)

Yea, Caleb. He’s my kind of guy. Even though he was 85, he didn’t have old-age mentality. I wonder if he must have known Psalm 92:14: “When they are old, they will still produce fruit; they will be healthy and fresh” (NCV). Caleb’s attitude blesses me. He knew the Lord would help him conquer his enemies.

To have beauty in our hearts requires respect of others, for the young and for the old. Who can measure the value of the unborn? He or she might just be the one to discover cancer’s cure someday. Who can measure the wealth of the wisdom and judgment of an older person? Many mistakes and regrets can be avoided by their experience. Babies and older ones were highly favored in Bible times. I pray that we do the same thing.

If you want to see real beauty, look into the faces of those older saints who have lived a life of love and beauty in the heart. Read Psalm 45:11. It is a real spirit lifter.

I salute those businesses that hire the older population. I love to see their smile and hear their friendly “Hello,” Their presence in the workplace is refreshing, healthy and fresh.

Some of the greatest contributors to society were in their golden years. People like Einstein, Ben Franklin and Colonel Sanders to name a few, have made tremendous contributions. I’m sure they had beauty in their hearts for others.

So let’s go for it. The best is yet to be. You are as old as you make up your mind to be. You are never too old to love, laugh or pray.

Yes, I am getting older, but I’m not 100 yet. When I get that old, I’m going to throw kisses at train engineers, wear false eyelashes and bat them at my husband, eat chocolate pie for breakfast, hold up bunny fingers behind people’s heads, bleach my chin hairs because I won’t have time to shave, buy a life insurance policy while looking forward to the next birthday and write a book called “People Are Crazier Than Me.”

I have the real secret of life, and I’ll tell it to you: It’s the beauty in your heart.

Have beauty in your heart because the world needs you.

I need you, too.