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Whatever season of life you’re in, God has equipped you to flourish—to live in the transforming power and beauty of His grace. As we age, we can easily lose sight of this message as cultural ideals glorifying youth take center stage.
In the book, Aging With Grace, Sharon W. Betters and Susan Hunt offer present-day and biblical examples of women who rediscovered Gospel-rooted joy in their lives. Equipped with a biblical view of aging, Aging with Grace will help you encounter afresh the Gospel that “is big enough, good enough, and powerful enough to make every season of life significant and glorious.”
Aging With Grace: Wonder and Worship
Maybe you’re like me. At first glance, it sounds like “Aging with Grace” is a subject for the ag-ed, but before you click off, I need to remind you that whether we are 18 or 98, all of us are aging and therefore need to be aging gracefully.
For years this was not me. Nearing my senior year of college, I was teetering on the edge of childhood and adulthood and resisting the latter. It seems crazy now, but I shed many tears, because I did not want to become an adult. This was a lack of trust in God’s design for me.
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever.”
Psalm 92 gives insight into aging gracefully. It is a song sung by God’s people on the Sabbath after they had gone into exile. God had brought them through many trials, and their faith had been stretched, giving them a more mature perspective on life. They end this song with rejoicing and confidence that the righteous will flourish in old age (verses 12-15).
This is such a beautiful thing to see, but we’ve also seen the opposite—elderly Christians who are fearful, withdrawn, and bitter. There is no special formula, that if you do A, B, and C, you will glow with God’s glory in old age, but Psalm 98 does contain habits that will result in continued fruitfulness as the years pass.
"It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
Begin now. Know your God through the Scriptures. Live with a spirit of gratitude for all things He allows in your life. Abide in Him, staying connected to Him at all times. Delight and be glad in the works of the Lord. And while you are at it, sing for joy as you live out His will for your life on this earth.
Without a doubt, each year will grow sweeter, and the beauty of the Lord God will be upon you as you age.
I love this quote: "We are only vessels being used to accomplish the purposes of our great God." It fully embodies who I want to be—a vessel used to accomplish His purpose. How are you aging with grace today, friend?
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