by Dr. Charles Stanley
Saturday January 21, 2006
Staying Young All Your Life
Some people are old before their 40th birthday; others reach 90 and still seem young. What is the difference? Attitude. The body will age, but we get old only if we choose to do so. God desires that believers live each day fully so that He can use us. This weekend and next, I’m going to offer some suggestions for staying young all your life. Since I’m over 70, you can be sure I’ve tested them all!
First, we need to keep learning. Some people are satisfied with their present level of knowledge because learning something new would tax their brain. But discovering fresh concepts guarantees we can continue being productive in the world. Of course, Scripture should be our first source of knowledge. When we get God’s perspective, anxiety and fear diminish so that our body and mind can function at optimum levels. In addition, we should read up on whatever interests us, become involved in new projects, and learn to use technology.
Keeping up with new technology seems harder the more birthdays we have. That’s why another suggestion is: keep laboring. I’m not against retirement, but leaving a vocation is no reason to stop working. Just as certain fruit improves as trees age, years of a faithful walk with God should yield greater fruit in the believer’s life. Look for service opportunities through the church and other ministries.
If God blesses you with many years, bless Him with useful service. The longer you stay young, the more valuable you are as a servant in His kingdom.