My Grace-Full Life

7.17.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Getting Older

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• My son stopped by yesterday and showed me a picture of himself on his phone.
Except instead of my 21-year-old, he looked like he’d aged about 50 years.
Later, I saw on Facebook that several people were playing with this app that ages your picture.
It’s ironic.
Especially when so many are doing everything they can to reverse aging and look younger!
But I succumbed to my curiosity and downloaded the app.
I showed my husband my aged picture and then did his.
Neither of us posted it, so if we’re Facebook friends, no need to go looking for it.
I’ll just tell you that Wayne looked very sweet in his picture…
And I looked a lot like my grandmother in mine.
Proverbs 20:29 ESV says, “The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.”
Grey hair isn’t something we normally think of as splendor, though I really like the alternative definitions I’ve heard…
Wisdom highlights.
Growing tinsel.
Glitter strands.
We joke but growing older is a blessing.
You want to know something funny?
It just occurred to me that I’m writing about aging and grey hair on the same day I have an appointment to get my grey roots colored.
Don’t tell me God doesn’t have a sense of humor…
This wasn’t planned.
Anyway, there’s a lot of truth in the saying, “Wrinkles mean you laughed, grey hair means you cared, and scars mean you lived.”
Aging shows that we have a story.
Hopefully, through that story, we’ve met and know Jesus.
And as we grow, we can see God’s hand at work in our lives.
In 1 Corinthians 4:16 ESV, Paul wrote, “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”
These bodies we live in will keep getting older no matter how many times we cover the grey and no matter how much we invest in anti-aging creams.
But God…
When we keep looking to Him, with childlike faith, trusting in our Heavenly Father, our hearts and spirits will stay vibrant and refreshed.
Today, as you pray, thank God for the privilege of growing older.
Ask the Holy Spirit to renew your heart with His truth and wisdom.

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