Old Hen or Spring Chicken?
By Donna Shepherd
The annual event that comes whether you like it or not just occurred. I got to celebrate another birthday. I say, “got to” because so many people dread their birthday. The popular saying is, “You might as well enjoy it. Think of the alternative!” But when you say that to a Christian, the alternative is better. As Philippians 1:21 says, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Someone in my church had a birthday last week. When I asked how old this person was, I was told thirty-nine AGAIN. And this was a man! I guess hedging when asked your age isn’t strictly a woman’s prerogative after all. I told him that I turned thirty-nine again on my birthday, too. My mom told anyone who asked that she was thirty-nine for so long that I really don’t know how old she is now. When I became older than my mom, I told her she was going to have to add a few years!
Our time on earth is short compared to eternity. I wrote a song with the words, “Life is like a vapor quickly gone. Our only hope for eternity is God, the Father. His never-ending love sent Christ, His Son.” These lines were based on this verse in James 4:14 , “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” We must make the best of what little time we have on earth in our roles as women who are wives, mothers, and ‘Jills of all trades.’ Cherish each day. Live a life that glorifies God.
Not long ago I ran into one of my favorite teachers. When I was in high school, he seemed much older than me. I ran into him while waiting for my daughter in the orthodontist’s office. I was surprised to learn that his daughter was younger than mine. I took a closer look at him only to realize he couldn’t have been more than five or six years older than me. When I was 17, he was 22 or 23 - not an old man at all.
So age is a relative matter. And in my case, my relatives remind me of my age. My siblings remind me that I am the eldest. My son thinks I am out of touch with popular culture, but my mother thinks I am a spring chicken. So since wisdom comes with age – hopefully -- I have decided that I will go with my mother’s opinion!
Prayer: Lord, help us to serve You with all our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls. Help us to live each day to its fullest. May something we do today have an impact for eternity. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
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Hmmm...wonder if there is such a thing as a "summer" chicken; not sure I qualify for "spring" anymore. Great article, Donna! Happy Birthday. With love, Mary
Good article, Donna - and very relevant for those of us who just keep aging, in spite of all attempts to to contrary! Some clever lines - like the word play on 'relative' in "So age is a relative matter and my relatives remind me of my age."
Happy birthday dear Donna! Excellent message and you're quite right, age is really quite a relative thing. I smiled when I read about you meeting an "old" teacher and realising that he couldn't have been much older than you when you had him at school. Yet, he would have seemed so "grown up" then. It was a great point. Anyway, very good article and highly relatable to this old/spring chicken! With love, Deb