Enjoy Your Old Age

“They shall still bear fruit in old age.”              Psalm 92:14 NKJV

Age is just a date on a calendar; attitude is what counts.  You can be old at twenty-nine and young at ninety-two.  Larry King once interviewed Ty Cobb, one of the greatest baseball players of all time.  He asked Cobb, who as now seventy years old, “What do you think you’d hit if you were playing these days?”  Cobb, a lifetime .366 hitter (still the record) replied, “About .290, maybe .300.”  King asked, “Is that because of travel, the night games, the artificial turf, and all the new pitches like the slider?”  Cobb responded, “No, it’s because I’m seventy!”

Here are three great benefits to having lived longer: (1) You are more tolerant.  Having fallen into many of life’s potholes yourself, you’re quicker to extend a helping hand when others fall into them.  Having survived defeats and lived to fight another day, you’re qualified to offer strength and hope to those who struggle. (2) You are more humble. A guy who had just celebrated his fiftieth wedding anniversary said, “A man is always as young as he feels, but seldom as important.”  Realizing that the world doesn’t stop at your command or cater to your whims, you become more realistic.  And in the process you find peace. (3) You value time.  Margaret Deland said, “As soon as you feel too old to do a thing, do it.”  Start by asking yourself, “If not me, who?  If not now, when?” Here’s a promise from Scripture you can stand on: “They shall bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing.”  Now get up off the couch and get going.


This message taken from: Daily Devotional – The Word For You Today