For Those Over Fifty-five
Sometimes I feel like the faded carnations I had to toss in the garbage because they were wilted and brown on the edges. But then I took one last whiff of the discolored petals. The aroma was divine despite their appearance.
Just like these flowers that still possessed a heavenly scent, we, too, are valuable despite our arthritis, failing eyesight, and hearing aids. God can use us at any age—until the day He calls us home.
Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day. Take courage when you find that white hair or first wrinkle. To God we are the fragrance of the knowledge of him, the sweet aroma of God’s people saved by the power of Christ.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 11 Corinthians 4:16
Dear Lord, the world would tell me that the young and glamorous are to be admired. I live in an aging body and get easily frustrated that it doesn’t work as well as it did in my youth. Help me to keep my eyes on you, to be encouraged by Your Word, and to love myself even as I love my neighbor.