It's a Dylan song title, a
worldwide clothing store chain and a desire in the hearts of many - to
remain young. Of course those of us who can no longer claim "youthfulness"
for our bodies still covet an inner vitality. So, are there any real keys
to staying young?
Eitan Shishkoff Pastor Emeritus
As lovers of God we can expect to find such keys in our Life Manual - His
Writings. What is the wisdom of Heaven regarding this inexorable process?
The Scriptures are not silent on the meaning and value of our "sunset
years". In fact, there are clear clues for living richly even as our
physique might be sagging.
1. Be as a child. Don't take yourself so seriously.
"Whoever does not receive the kingdom as a little child will by no means
enter it" (Mark 10:15). Having a good time and retaining a curiosity
about life may seem frivolous. But maintaining a youthful approach to
one's existence, instead of carrying the heavy baggage of regret,
adds years and brightens the countenance.
A young Bob Dylan
(wikiphoto by R. Scherman)
2. Don't let the fire go out. At the center of Israel's
camp the altar fire was never to go out (Leviticus 6:13). I believe
this is a picture of our heart, our passion for the Living God and His
Messiah, Yeshua. Luke-warmness shortens and darkens our days. His life in
us is as a fire to be stoked and tended.
3. Friendship and Forgiveness. "There is a friend who sticks
closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24). The authentic support and
camaraderie of established friendships is of greater value to me now than
ever. At the same time, after decades, we have often gathered unresolved
relationships. People have come into our lives and departed. We have loved
and we have lost. We have flourished with friends and also failed in
conflicts. "Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of
God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this
many become defiled" (Hebrews 12:15). Grudges age me. Forgiveness
renews me. A sure recipe for staying young on the inside is to genuinely
forgive those who've hurt me. "God gives grace to the humble"
(Proverbs 3:34). Keeping short accounts emotionally with others is vital
if I'm to live youthfully.
Here is one more key to staying "forever young". Give your life away. Pour
yourself into others. They will love you for it. And you will be enriched
beyond measure. Whatever your age, you cannot go wrong by investing your
time in the lives God places before you.
to support the work and vision of Ohalei Rachamim.
There have been comments to this article ...
02:35pm 29Mar18, Elhanan: Well said, brother Eitan. Hag Pessach sameach!
04:35pm 29Mar18, Liv Hicks: Love this! At 70 I totally understand what you are saying and
get encouraged by what you wrote ... thank you!
02:14am 02Apr18, Ron and Darla Ellyson: Such truth. As we, too, grow older - that inward reality of
day-by-day renewal (2 Corinthians 4:16) is at the forefront of
our thinking! This Scripture births an actual desire to
remain "youthful" in His love, His mercy, and kindness to
others. It keeps us clear of becoming "crotchety"! Amen?!
So thankful for this.
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