Signs of getting older

When it seems that the stairs are getting steeper, the blocks are getting longer, the grocery bag is getting heavier, the print is getting smaller, the sounds are getting duller and the cold is getting colder; perhaps these are signs that we are getting older. Seriously though, these and other perceptions do become more and more exaggerated. Other signs of age also appear.

It all started to accelerate for me in the month of June. During the last few months approximately 20 people that I had known have died. No matter what our age may be, it does not seem long ago that we were children. Most of these people were men in their eighties. Many more of the people we know have increasing physical or memory difficulties. We kid about our senior moments. as long as we can accept the changes without getting too serious about the whole process we are better off.

There is another side to looking backward and forward in life. The younger we are the more we tend to look to the future. Regardless of our age, the Bible tells us that we are foreigners, or pilgrims and sojourners. God's people are citizens of heaven passing through a stay on earth. Those who are not Christians are citizens of earth hoping that they end up in heaven. There can be little doubt that most of us who are committed to our Lord wish that we had done some things a little differently here on earth. Good projects and achievements may or may not be the best. The good can even divert us from the best.

Whatever our age, abilities, roots, circumstances or position in life, we can make them count. God not only wants what is good, He wants the best for us. When we have the most years of experience and hopefully wisdom, why not let God lead us from day to day. Bible reading, prayer and Christian fellowship all help point the way and keep us spiritually fit.

For the 2010 Club, Nov. 14 takes us to Ezekiel 9 and Hebrews 10.

Only one life twill soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last.

Crist Langelett, known to North St. Paul and Maplewood readers as a longtime Review columnist, is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in his local church and in civic groups.

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