I admit that I am getting older, there is no point in denying it is there? My body takes longer to recover after two hours of tennis; I cannot stay up late at night and still function well the next day; it takes a little more care to get down on the floor and even more energy to get up. But at age 58 (soon to be 59), I am far from being old! But being in a home church with two-thirds of the group under the age of 30 and working in teams in our mission in which I find myself to be the elder of the group, the unmistakeable fact is–I am aging. But, am I growing in wisdom as I age? Now that is a better question. I remember sharing with a couple of the young men in our group this year about some of the fears I have and they seemed shocked that at my advanced age, I still struggled with such fears (fear of failure being one of them I am sure but I can’t quite remember). I do enjoy our home church since it is multi-generational with about half of the group being college students, a quarter being twenty to thirty-something grads/young professionals and the last quarter being on the mature side with most of us being over 50–the eldest over 80. We learn from one another how to gain wisdom from life’s experiences.
In the most recent version of Conversations Journal (my favorite of all the journals I read), the topic is Wisdom and Aging. Tara Owens has the opening article and I was struck by something she said today,
Growing in wisdom is more often than not a product of learning to walk well through adversity, something aging brings us in abundance. In order to age well, we must learn to appreciate those things that we might not otherwise choose, and come to see the blessings and love of God in the midst of even the most bitter circumstances. We must learn to number our days well, to live like we’re dying, in order to embrace all of life as it is now–the sweet and the savory, the bitter and the spice.” The Blessing of the Bitter by Tara M. Owens Conversations Journal 12.1
My question for you all, myself included, “what have you learned to appreciate in your later years that you once did not?”