Do you see yourself as growing older and slower? Or, do you see yourself more along the lines of a fine wine; improving with the passage of time? I ask this because the topic of an evening church service I once attended, at Newton NJ’s very own First Baptist Church, was based on the huge social chasm between seniors and younger generations.
During this particular service the Pastor pointed out that, as it is, family structure is under attack. He pointed out, too, that seniors in general have fallen behind when it comes to keeping pace with the way socialization, communication and most aspects of life are managed these days; largely due to technology.
We talked a bit about how studies have shown that at this point in time a grandparent’s positive influence in a child’s life has drastically dwindled to a near none-existent level. The Pastor pointed out that the age factor has played a role in this widening gap; the elderly not being able to think as fast, limitations due to physical deterioration, etcetera.
However, he suggested that, “Even though we may be deteriorating on the outside we should be thriving on the inside via our relationship with the Lord.” He also reminded all of us that we have an obligation to leave behind a Christian legacy for those following in our footsteps, asking us what we were doing as individuals to that end.
Now, if you’ve taken the time to surf this site a bit or know me personally, you know the kind of books I summarize and my interest in the area of Personal Development. So, you could imagine the difficulty I had with this presented analogy of thriving on the inside even though our bodies are falling apart on the outside; struggling to keep my hearing from switching off at the idea of physical age being such a problem.
Not because I believe that sick people shouldn’t be internally abundant. I have difficulty with this concept because I’ve seen way to many youthful “old” people; active in the community and passionate about their cause and their service to others. Clearly they serve as examples as to why we should not accept that we are supposed to “wither first” then die.
In fact; as the Pastor spoke Deuteronomy 34:7 immediately popped into my mind. Deuteronomy 34:7 clearly states that, “Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.”
Now, I’m pretty familiar with the story of Moses and can’t help but think that Deuteronomy 34:7 was put in the most widely acknowledged Universal Law Book in history for a very specific reason. Deuteronomy 34:7 screams to me that, “If we are right on the inside than our physical body will reflect that on the outside.”
Numerous studies have been done; leading many folks in the medical profession to acknowledge that only twenty-five percent of our life expectancy is determined by DNA. Clearly, “Environment and attitude influence how well we age way more than DNA.”
Personally; I feel that many seniors themselves are the reason that such a gap exists between them and the younger generations in general. They are living their life according to where they think they are “entitled” to be for their age; acting the part accordingly. Many have lost the desire to learn, refuse to accept change and have become self-absorbed in their ailments.
A lot of senior’s begin attending church later in life, too, because they are only worried about their pending death; foolishly thinking that getting involved with a church will be enough for their eternal salvation. But, in reality, they really don’t have any intention of changing their ways; betraying their true selves by the way they interact with some of us.
I don’t buy that a body should ever lose vitality on the outside if all is universally in order on the inside. Unless your DNA truly sucks, “There’s really no reason for anyone to fall behind or age badly.”
“How do you want to be remembered when you die?” In, “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People,” Stephen R. Covey wisely suggests that we begin thinking in terms of that end, “Today!” That’s sound advice for anyone at any age, “Isn’t it?”