In turning fifty five one might expect a few “getting old” comments.
Being able to run eighteen miles on your fifty fifth birthday tends to keep the jokes down.
There was one comment made, which in hindsight, was a compliment.
It was a quote by actress Bonnie Hunt.
“Just ’cause there’s snow on the roof doesn’t mean there’s not a fire inside.”
Though I accept I am maturing in age, I do not feel old.
My mind is 25, my soul is 35, my health is at 45, yet my drivers license reflects 55.
I am merely closer to home than I was thirty years ago.
Why I do word it like that?
Billy Graham, wrote a book, entitled Nearing Home.
In 2012 Reverend Graham was asked why he wrote this book at this stage of his life.
It is quoted in the introduction from Nearing Home.
“All my life I was taught how to die as a Christian, but no one ever taught me how I ought to live in the years before I die.”
Having recommended the book to friends multiple times, I added, “This is not a book about growing old. It is a book that someone in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and up can read and apply it’s principles throughout all of your life.”
Prepare yourself now to mature with grace.
Know that to live a long life requires a clean temple, both physical and spiritual.
And for all the years that God would grant you, give.
Give to anyone.
Give to everyone.
Give to everything.
“The measure of a life is not its duration but its donation.” Corrie Ten Boom