Thursday, August 8, 2013

Celebrate Your Age!

Our society is far too obsessed with youth. After all, we are young for such a short time, then spend the rest of our lives trying to recapture the firm bellies, wrinkleless faces, and acheless joints of our early years. Or do we?

Would it not be wiser to celebrate every year gained, every ounce of wisdom and each hard lesson learned? I am encouraged by these heros who proved that you don't have to be young to win:

At age 59, Daniel Defoe published Robinson Crusoe;

Agatha Christie wrote The Mousetrap (the longest running play in history) at age 64;

Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became president;

At age 76, Grandma Moses began to paint;

Michaelangelo, at age 88, crafted the Rondandini Pieta, a sculpture of an old man holding Christ, what some believe to be his most compelling sculpture;

Leopoli Stokowski signed a six-year recording contract at age 94, and

Ichijirou was 100 when he climbed Mt. Fuji.

I will be 58 next Wednesday, August 14. I am eager to see what God has in store for me in the next four or five decades.

What about you? Don't let society tell you you're washed up after your 30th, 40th, or 70th birthday. Keep dreaming, planning, seeking God's will, and celebrate your age!