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Topic: FRESH START (01/05/17)
- TITLE: A Final Beginning
By Chris Goglin
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Google describes the elderly as … "ancient, grey-haired, grizzled, decrepit, hoary, wrinkled, and over the hill." This is unacceptable! Why couldn't they have said… uniquely attractive, having inner strength, clever, full of wisdom, or aged to perfection? Let's fight for our place in society and become the bold and beautiful instead of the weak and wrinkled!
Succumbing to negativity, and even anger, will only make us miserable. As our bodies slowly deteriorate, one experiences a dramatic overhaul. Our muscles, brains, and emotions may leap into the unknown dilemma of pain and suffering. Some, more than others, experience extreme difficulty in everyday movement. Many of us are fortunate to have lived healthy, energetic lives, and are only now realizing something is changing…something is scary. Yes, we are growing old. We need to push through the tough times, and have faith in God’s plan for us. “‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding’ (NIV, Proverbs 3:5).”
How can one accomplish a fresh approach to a mature lifestyle? Here are a few valuable tips.
Don't let money matters get you down.
When financial burdens have followed you into your golden years… let it go! It's not worth going to an early grave from a heart attack just because of unreasonable credit card debt. Living on a fixed income only allows necessary obligations, such as food, medicine, and transportation. All other financial demands have to wait in line. Accept this, and don't agonize over it. Your family and friends do not want to see you in such turmoil…better to be blessed than stressed!
Stay healthy, but don't overdo it.
We can only do so much to improve our bodies as we age. Some of us have acquired a peculiar muffin-top around our waist, and have no idea where it came from, but hope emerges. First, avoid looking in the mirror as much as possible, especially the magnified makeup ones! Eat right and exercise, but avoid fad diets, working out at the gym, or trying to look like Marilyn Monroe in a bathing suit! Take slow walks without jogging, and have a sweet treat once in a while without feeling guilty. Take up line-dancing, swimming, or challenge your husband to a game of ping pong; it's more fun laughing off the pounds anyway.
Remember who your best friend is.
The Creator of the Universe holds your hand! Proverbs 8:34 reminds us, "Happy is the person who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors." When you wake up, think of your Lord first before your mind takes over, and you slowly maneuver out of bed. Listen for his still, small voice to start another incredible day. Try to think positive, even if the day seems unfriendly or depressing; the two of you are responsible for how your day will go. God has given you the gift of each new day, whether it is in a hospital bed or on the beach in Hawaii. This is his chosen time for you, and according to his plan, it is the best place to be. Scripture speaks to “the elderly” as well as younger folk, although, we may have the blessing of seeing Jesus a little sooner! "’For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’ (NIV, Jeremiah 29:11)."
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