“Daddy will take me to the county fair on Saturday unless he forgets,” my friend’s seven-year-old granddaughter Carole announced, “but I don’t think he will because he doesn’t have gray hair.”
She babbled on with the logic of the young as senior Jenny listened. “If you have gray hair, you can forget things. Like when Mr. Goodman had us do the same thing in music class two times because he forgot!”
With her hair dyed blond to cover the silver, Jenny sighed. Carole’s remarks were enough to make her feel old. Just this week, she had another senior moment: Hadn’t she forgotten her Tuesday hair appointment?
With more than half of the world population estimated at thirty and under, Jenny thought how difficult it is to focus on any of the positives of getting older besides having more free time and getting senior discounts.
But she began to see the way God honors the gray-haired by influencing the world one person at a time. Not just her with her own family.
Jenny remembered retirees who volunteer in life-changing programs, such as Boys and Girls Clubs, tutoring school-aged students, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, mentoring young couples in marriages or training entrepreneurs in new start-up businesses. Even when health or travel issues interfere, she realized she could model and share values of work, wisdom, right living, thoughtfulness, compassion, and love.
“Why, I can start right with a phone call to encourage or mentor someone!” Jenny decided, and she picked up the phone.
God honors seniors and their contribution. “They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, ‘The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.’” [Psalm 92:14-15 NIV]
Savor your silver crown! The bottom line is that God isn’t finished with either of us yet!
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]