Have you ever heard the expression “aging gracefully?” I’m not sure where I heard it and I’m not sure how to do it either.
First of all, I am not-nor have I ever been graceful. By the time I was in 8th grade I was six feet tall and had feet so big they were exceptionally easy to trip over.
Then there’s the aging part. Why is it that we humans can’t wait to grow up and then spend so much time on clothes and products to make us look younger? Have you ever been to the department store and checked out the womens makeup section? You could easily spend a small (or large) fortune on creams that supposedly get rid of wrinkles.
While I haven’t got the aging gracefully thing figured out yet I do know how NOT to age gracefully. Have you ever ween older women wearing clothes that even their daughters shouldn’t wear? If it is too skimpy for a young person what makes them think it looks good on them? I challenge you to go to the mall (or the water park if you are really brave) and just sit and people watch. It won’t take you long to find someone who is NOT aging gracefully.
I do know at least one person who aged gracefully, my grandmother.
My grandmother was one of the classiest women I’ve ever known and if I think about her I have a really good idea of what it means to age gracefully.
1. Never worried about what others thought and never tried to impress anyone.
2. Always dressed modestly.
3. Never tried to draw attention to herself.
4. Was true to her faith, family and friends.
5. Was a wonderful example of a good Christian mother and grandmother.
I think society has problems with aging because we don’t want to accept it as part of God’s plan. We want to change His will and stay young forever and we can’t.
There is a season for all things and yes folks, aging is part of it. It’s up to us whether we do it gracefully or not.