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A Reality of Life

Every civilization has tried to stay young as long as possible.  In our youth, we love every moment because life is new, our energies are limitless, and the possibilities of a day’s adventures stretch to infinity.  We cannot believe that “we” will ever be old.  Although, when we are young, we see older adults and know that they exist, we simply think that it surely must take a really long time to get to that era of life.  So, we embrace life believing that we can live virtually forever (or at least 30-40 years!) before we are at that stage.

I am always interested in what people have to say about “life” and its various stages, events, and facets.  Here are some folks whose names are familiar that state their views on “middle age”.

“Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you.” (Ogden Nash).  “The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you’ll grow out of it.”  (Doris Day).  “The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.”  (Oscar Wilde).  “The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.”  (Theodore Roosevelt).

Aging is the reality of life.  From the moment of birth, we begin the aging process.  Early on, it is exciting to get older from childhood to young adulthood.  Somewhere along the journey, folks decide it is time to stop counting birthdays because each one vividly reminds us how far we have come from childhood.  Fortunately, we do not have to arrive at middle age or our senior years without humor being a way to deal with life’s changes.  Here are some “light-hearted” observations about growing older…..

By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he’s too old to go anywhere.
Middle age is when you have stopped growing at both ends and have begun to grow in the middle.
A man has reached middle age when he is cautioned to slow down by his doctor instead of by the police.
Middle age is having a choice of two temptations and choosing the one that will get you home earlier.
You know you’re into middle age when you realize that caution is the only thing you care to exercise.
Don’t worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you.
Growing old cannot be avoided – God has our life numbered, physical disciplines are good when they are done in moderation, but they will not force God into extending our life span. The gift of life is a gift from God to be used to for his purposes, for spiritual and heavenly reasons. Our concern should be to obey honor and praise and give glory to him, and let him care for us. Psalm 90:12, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”