The heavens declare the Glory of God . . . . but sometimes his truth hides out in spy novels! I love to read. My tastes are eclectic, but I focus on history, leadership, communication, Biblical studies, automotive, and action/thriller. The latter is reserved for car rides and times when I can "plug in" and devour on the fly. Recently, I was listening to Carte Blanche: The New James Bond Novel.
Most novels are not taxing on the brain. We don't read (or in this case listen) with intentions of taking copious notes. Bond may be a Commander with the Royal Navy and have studied at Eton and Fettes, but he's licensed to kill -- action is his acumen. So when I heard Bond, yes, James Bond, make this quip about age I took notice:
"That's not true. You're not powerless at all. Being older is strength. It's experience, judgment, discernment, knowing your resources. Youth is mistake and impulse. Believe me, I know that quite well."1
Thank you, James! This is true.
As the clock winds toward midnight, as the sun moves toward the horizon, and as the odometer continues its relentless count, so we all age. We may attempt to hide it, dismiss it, ignore it, or complain about it, but we are ALL getting older. So for a few moments let's remember what God says about the beauty of age:
- Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31 ESV
- The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair. Proverbs 20:29 ESV
In our backwards culture, crowns and splendor are reserved for American Idols, not for the old guys! Where did we get off track?
It is easy to look in the rear-view mirror, to dwell on all that age takes from us: beauty, vitality, memory, and opportunity just to name a few. But we do ourselves a disservice and we dishonor our God when we fail to inventory what age gives us. Bond is right, Being older is strength! It is experience, judgment, discernment, and knowing your resources. It is also wisdom, perspective, maturity, friendships, and the presence of God. To the people of Israel, God said,Even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you.2 That was true for Israel and it is true for you.
Today, take stock of what God has give you with age . . . and give thanks!
Question: What are you reading these days? I'd love to hear what you are gleaning from your reading. You can leave a comment below. You can see what I am reading now by clicking here.