A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17:22
The truth of this scripture verse becomes more evident the older we get. I’ve seen way too many older folks who’ve let a broken spirit sap their strength and the result is that they become grumpy, finicky, and self-focused. Every time I am around one of those elderly folks–and the closer I get to that season–the more I am determined that I do not want to grow old growling.
How about you? What kind of “old” person do you want to be when you “grow up”? You may think that you have plenty of years to think about it, but actually you don’t. You need to start preparing now if you don’t want to end up old and grumpy.
As I visited with my 90-year-old stepmom a while back–a dear little lady who’s facing major health issues and who still has a smile on her face–it dawned on me that she didn’t “suddenly” become a sweet old lady with a smile on her face.
She’d spent her whole life becoming a dear little lady with a smile on her face.
You see, becoming old is not like a Cinderella story. We don’t turn into grumpy pumpkins at midnight of our 70th or 80th birthdays just because we are old.
No, the type of old person we become depends on who we were our whole lives.
If I focused on money, I will be stingy and hoarding as an old person. If I focused on myself, then I will be a selfish old person. If I focused on family, then I will be looking for ways to serve my kids and grandkids. If I focused on success, then I will probably feel empty and worthless after I’m no longer at my pinnacle.
What are you focusing on now in your life? That will determine what type of “old” person you become. For the sake of your kids and grandkids, put your focus now in the right place.
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