Aging Gracefully

Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding? – Job 12:12

Aging Gracefully

I have some friends who are adrenaline junkies. It’s a drug they need to survive. They mountain bike, bungee jump, heli-ski, hang glide, surf giant waves, and parachute out of airplanes. I often wonder why they feel the need to risk their lives in the ways they do. Maybe they do these things as medication against depression and anxiety or maybe it’s a way of proving that the inevitable isn’t going to overtake them.

We can jump out of airplanes to prove that we’re not dead yet, but there’s no avoiding the fact that you are getting older and with that comes limitations. Aging does that to everyone. You can see that as a death sentence, but a better way to look at it is the beginning of a new phase or season of life.

Every end is a new beginning, and that’s true for the seasons of our life. Just as Fall gives way to Winter, and Winter to Spring, there’s something to look forward to with each season of your life.

– Steve Arterburn

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen. – Mark Twain

Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance. – Unknown



  1. Janice October 14, 2016 at 11:16 am - Reply

    I’ve just turned 60 and thank God I’ve been in pretty good health. Last week I was diagnosed with a disease that could have been life threatening but Praise God it was caught in time. I began to think of my mortality. How I was afraid of dying. But I can still walk a mile a day. I watch what I eat. I’m still lucid. And I haven’t had a limb amputated yet LOL! That’s a gifting I want to go back to school and get my Masters. Its always been my dream. This recent episode has taught me that God’s grace and mercy is sufficient. I can thru Christ!

  2. Kathy Barns October 16, 2016 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Thanks for writing about aging gracefully. I am seeking to do that very thing these days. At 62 I have lots of aches and pains and everything seems to take me longer to do, but I am thankful to still be alive and able to pursue long-delayed dreams. I am back in school at my old, right-out-of-high-school university and am working on getting my BA. It has been an exciting challenge to my mind and especially my body to walk all over UNT’s huge campus. I feel more enriched today than I have in a long time. And a big part of my going back to school is the ongoing counseling I have been receiving for about a year from an excellent New Life counselor. God bless all of you at New Life for the ministry you share with all of us.


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