Our culture seems to put a premium on youth and beauty. Television commercials are flooded with products that supposedly keep us young-looking. Plastic surgery is “in,” all the way to face-lifts, chin lifts and nose jobs.
Please don’t get me wrong. I think we should try to look our best but to be preoccupied with youth and beauty to the point of near bankruptcy and health deprivation with diets is totally unrealistic.
The underlying message is you are not okay the way you are. You are not acceptable. Yet, God says in 1 Peter 3:3-4, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” (NIV)
I have seen people’s self-esteem go down the tube as they begin to get older. Not only do they feel “tacky” in appearance, but also useless and unwanted because they cannot do for others as they once could. I say, the Lord’s plan for you does not end with the advancement of age. Some of the greatest contributors to society were in their older years, such as Einstein, Ben Franklin and Colonel Sanders.
Many cultures overseas respect and revere the older citizens. Realizing the experience of its older population gives the younger generation wisdom.
I love Caleb’s attitude in Joshua 14:10-11: “Now as you see, from that time until now, the Lord has kept me alive and well for all these 45 years since crisscrossing the wilderness, and today I am 85 years old. I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent us on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then!” (TLB)
Yea, Caleb. He’s my kind of guy.
I’m not denying the fact we do get older, but you are still the same person with worth. In God’s eyes white hair is a symbol of honor. “White hair is a crown of glory and is seen most among the godly” (Proverbs 16:31 TLB).
Isaiah 46:4 also states, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you, and I will carry you; I will sustain you, and I will rescue you.” (NIV)
Now that will put a spring in your step and a song in your heart.
Some of the most beautiful people I know are those older saints, who have that radiant glow of Jesus.
I’ve found the best part of growing older is in 1 Corinthians 15:52: “We shall not all die, but we shall all be given new bodies. It will all happen in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For there will be a trumpet blast from the sky, and all the Christians who have died will suddenly become alive, with new bodies that will never, never die; and then we who are still alive shall suddenly have new bodies, too.” (TLB)
So the next time someone tells you you’re getting older and are aging just say, “Yes, but you should see me on the inside. My soul is becoming younger and more beautiful by the minute. I am being changed from one degree of glory to another. Because of Jesus I have the hidden beauty in my heart.”