Word of the Day
“I have been young, and now am old….” so said the Psalmist is 37:25. Time has such a strange way of sneaking up on you. You spend your days of youth almost as though the passing of time means nothing.
You look at the aged and never once consider that they once were where you are today. O, fads change. Fashions change. Gadgets change. But bodies also change. But yes, there was a day when those aged ones where young, strong, vital, vibrant and energetic.
Along with youth comes so many mistakes in life. It is rare to find a young person who does not have idealistic dreams and desires that are so foolish. The world tells you that you can achieve any dream that you may have. And there is a certain element of truth to that. But what the world doesn’t consider, and what we overlook in this foolish position are the curves of life. Yes, have your dreams, work hard at them, educate yourself to your limits, hold on to the dreams, but also allow for the reality that, as time marches, changes come that are beyond your control. And many times these changes bring brokenness to those dreams.
Time–just what is it other than the ticking of the clock? What is this thing called “time”, this thing called “age”? How do we define it, when as youth, we never even consider it. Life is so wonderful, so adventurous, so vibrant, filled with so much hope. But, time rules everything in this life, and we forget that.
We must work at life and work hard. Laziness has no place in our lives. Work, and work hard at working, provide what you can for your life and your families. Accept the harsh responsibilities that life shoves your way. Deal with the difficult situations that are yours. Fill each day with responsibility and hard work, no matter what your vocation in life may be. In fact, the Word of God tells us that “if any would not work, neither let him eat.”(II Thess. 3:10).
But, in the midst of it all, no matter how hard you engage life, remember that time moves along and waits for no man. And as it marches to its own drummer, your body is changing. “It is appointed unto man for once to die…”(Heb.9:27). And your body, like mine, has to change, to become weaker, more susceptible to disease, to injury, to aging.
And one day you wake up and discover that, like all those aged ones you saw as a youth, you are now one of them. Their feeble ways have become yours. Your kids are now grown and have their own kids. Your time for retirement has come and gone. Your grand-kids are grown and have their own lives. You find yourself being ignored just like all those aged ones you ignored in your youth.
Everyone is so busy, so wrapped up in their own lives, and their time is consumed just like yours was when your own youth was so celebrated.
And one day you wake up and find that mortality has caught up with you. You discover that your limitations are so real, so consuming, so demanding, so limiting and you find you yielding to them. Vitality, energy, dreams, enthusiasm, drive and vibrancy are all gone and reality sets in.
So, what is life, what is time, what benefits are ours for being here, what does age hold in store for us? Yes, we do gain wisdom as we age. We do look back and understand how foolish we were is so many things. And we try to tell the younger generation about your mistakes, your foolishness so that they won’t repeat them. But they listen just like we did when we were young.
So, what does aging have in store for us, if anything? Seemingly, all that we have to look forward to is the reality of our own mortality. So what is this all about? What does life hold for any of us. We live, we learn, we die. Is that all there is? If it is, why was I born in the first place?
Someone has said that if we do not glorify God in our lives, we negate the very purpose of our birth. So if that be true, how do I glorify Him in my youth and not wake up to wasted years in my old age? I mean, with all that life has thrown my way, with all my being consumed with the demands in daily lives, with all the demands of raising a family, doing my job in order to provide for my family and all that it involves, where do I find the time to glorify God?
I suppose that these issues have had to be dealt with from the creation of the world. Generations have come and gone and not very much has changed. Human beings are born, they live their lives and then they die. What does all this mean? What good does it do any of us to be born and live such a seemingly useless existence? If this is all there is, why be born and be subject to it all?
I suppose the “Preacher” had the right conclusion for us all in this matter. “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, ‘I have no pleasure in them…’,,,Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”(Ecclesiastes 12:1, 13, 14).
Is it possible that we all face life and it’s issues from the wrong perspective, only to wake up one day and discover what fools we have been for so very long?