5. Grow Older Gladly
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As we age, there are new inconveniences and things that test us daily; but we can choose to be grateful instead of grumbling. We can decide to notice and be thankful for little things. It’s not a matter of seeing life through rose-colored glasses, but rather responding to life with the eyes of Christ and power of the Spirit. It’s the power of giving thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
An old Hasidic saying describes exactly how I feel about aging: “For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned, it is the season of the harvest.” This is the reason I face growing older with a glad heart, not a grumpy one.
There is joy in the harvest of a life seeded with obedience and faithfulness. We see this joy when we know how to respond in wisdom in a difficult circumstance. We’re aging with a godly perspective. Joy is also played out in observing people we have led to Christ or mentored. Also, when we create hunger for seeking God in our family and then find joy in children or grandchildren who follow His ways.
Christians ought always to be glad, even in the aging process. Sweet Pollyanna, a cheerful and optimistic character in the book and movie, Pollyanna, was reviled for living out the “glad game” her parents taught her. She always tried to find at least one good thing in every lousy situation.
Today, those who choose gladness or look on the bright side instead of becoming bitter in circumstances might be described as “a Pollyanna.” But there is actually a psychology of “positivity bias” called the “Pollyanna Principle.” A bias isn’t always negative; sometimes it can be a very good thing, especially as we age. Find the good and be glad!
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