Four Questions For Anyone Who’s Aging


Are you aging? Be honest. Nothing prepared me for getting older. For one thing, I thought my school teachers would kill me. But somehow I’m still here, waking up each morning gazing into the mirror at a middle-aged balding guy who looks like my dad.

Whatever age you are, here’s a quiz for you:

When I stand in front of the mirror, I:

a) Thank God for His awesome handiwork
b) Close my eyes and grind my teeth
c) Can see my rear end without turning around

I believe we could solve this global warming thing:

a) If all of us would just drive Smart Cars with seating capacity for three people who, combined, weigh as much as a rice crispy square
b) If my kids would just keep the fridge door closed
c) If we could find a way to harness my hot flashes

After a visit to the doctor I:
a) See the benefits of eating well and rising at six each day for my nine-mile jog
b) Comfort myself knowing that my memory is going, but I can still retain water
c) Consider acupuncture. I mean, when was the last time you saw a sick

The following best describes my view of aging:

a) Thanks to anti-aging books and natural herbs, I will be in peak physical
condition well past a hundred
b) I don’t plan to grow old gracefully. I plan to “have facelifts until my ears join together.”
c) Except for the occasional heart attack, I feel as young as ever

In all seriousness, here are four questions to ask yourself when it comes to aging:

1. As I age, is my mind centered more, or less, on the stuff of this earth?

2. Would people say that I am becoming a person whose life is marked by grace?

3. Does prayer play a smaller or larger role in my life than it did ten years ago?

4. Who is one older person I admire? And what can I do to be more like them?

The Mid-Lifer’s Motto is on my mirror: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)

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