Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Age = Wisdom

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Brandon Senior Citizens Club for lunch. There were about 150 seniors in attendance. In my speech, I encouraged them to look at their senior years as a time to renew their life's passion. One lady came up and told me she was 69 years old. Believe me when I say she looked 55. I commented at how young she looked and she said, "I hope I never dress like I'm 69!"

Job 12:12 says "Is not widsom found among the ages? Does not long life bring understanding?" I couldn't help but notice the wisdom in that room yesterday. Men who have fought in wars, women who have been the rock for their families, and many who have overcome odds of various kinds.

I think back on some of my friends from home and how some of them didn't make it. Some were killed in car accidents and a few by suicide in their teen and college years. I don't know why the same fate didn't happen to me because I was no better than they. This morning, I realized how blessed I am to have made it to 35.

Maybe growing older isn't such a bad thing after all. If wisdom comes with age and long life brings understanding, I'll take all of the birthdays I can get.

3 comments:

Sara said...

Happy Birthday, Barbie. Hope you have a very blessed year!

KeithAR2002 said...

Have a Happy Birthday! Eat lots of cake and ice cream for us =)

Mallory Simons said...

Amen, Barbie. Happy Birthday!