So how do you stay youthful in the Lord?
1. Look forward.
God is not finished with you.
“Be confident of this: He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6 ASV
2. Worship often.
Praise lifts your spirits and strengthens your heart.
“I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1
3. Remember God’s blessings in your life.
Be grateful. It keeps you humble and joyful.
“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.” Psalm 77:11 ESV
My husband has uploaded 20,000 photos that rotate in a digital frame. We walk by them every day and are reminded of the people and experiences that have brought us joy.
4. Recognize that you will suffer physical limitations, but they don’t have to define you. Instead, use your own losses to empathize and comfort others.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV
I never knew how to comfort grieving parents until I lost my first baby. Loss deepens our compassion.
5. Increase your prayer life.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Social media connects us in new and deeper ways. Pray for those who express their needs to you. Pray globally. Be available to pray with others.
6. Volunteer your time for ministry.
“Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” Psalm 100:2
Be creative. Ask God to make Divine appointments for you. Get involved in your church as often as you can.
7. Deepen relationships with your family and friends.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Don’t waste those moments. You don’t get them back.
You still can be young on the inside.
You still can enjoy life.
You can choose to grow in your faith.
Look forward. Jesus sustains you.
Look toward heaven. Jesus awaits you.
Dr. Julie Barrier is an author, international conference speaker and minister of Casas Church for three decades. She now serves as CEO of Preach It, Teach It, providing free resources for pastors, missionaries and Bible students.
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