I love being 65. At 65, people stop expecting so much out of you. If you’re still working, then people know you either like to work or you need to work, but either way, you’re still able to work, and that’s good! The kids are grown, so finances aren’t quite so tight, and if you want to go to bed at 9:00 pm, there’s nobody around to think you’re weird! Tired is acceptable. If you’re accidentally fashionable, that’s a plus, but you can wear purple or red or black and nobody thinks anything of it. However, I’ve also noticed a distinct downside, which is that peak memory, hearing, vision, strength, and endurance all begin to ebb slowly away, leaving me feeling like a senior citizen—which—of course I am—although it somehow never occurred to me! For example, we’d made plans to have dinner with friends before the Michael W. Smith concert last week, but just as I was getting ready to pull into the restaurant, Kari called to let me know that she and Larry had forgotten their tickets and would have to go back home to get them. Yikes! Alan and I had forgotten our tickets too! We had to scrap dinner, fly home, and grab burgers from a McDonald’s drive through in order to make it to the church on time! Last night, we had dinner with the same friends and another couple. Alan was relating my faux pas of somehow having 1.1 terabytes of pictures on my 1 terabyte computer that had totally shut it down, making us late for our dinner after spending an hour at the Apple store trying to get help. Our hostess had some stories to share too: Her router wouldn’t work, and after a lot of frustration, she called tech support, who figured out that she’d unplugged her modem! On another occasion, her remotes wouldn’t work properly, and a different support tech support figured out that she’d accidentally swapped the two remotes. Thankfully, we can just laugh and pray together! It sure helps to have fellow pilgrims traveling the road with you! While relating some of these tales to my 76-year-0ld brother, he just laughed! “Welcome to my world.” So, I’ve been thinking about the world of baby boomers who’ve now become senior citizens. May I encourage us all with this silver lining as we grow older? As our natural abilities start to fade, may we focus more on spiritual perceptions. Our physical losses could be very depressing were it not for the challenge that our inner man can (and should) continue to grow throughout life. May those of us who are senior citizens respond to our calling to continue to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).