My Thoughts. . .

Thursday, 03-04-2021

I was always smaller than most of the boys in my class at school.  I remember when I was in the third grade, I was asked to play tag football that boys and girls were engaged in.  The ball was pitched to me.  I caught it and started my run.  Suddenly a girl on the opposing team picked me up and carried me and the ball for a touchdown.   When I graduated from high school, I was six feet tall, but weighed one hundred and thirty-eight pounds.   My wife’s excellent cooking changed all that by increasing my scale numbers!

As one grows older, age presents several challenges.  Each person faces that dilemma differently.  When I would grow a beard or mustache, it would be black.  So was my hair.  However, as my forties introduced me to the fifties, I noticed streaks of gray highlighting my hair and beard.  I bought that shampoo that is supposed to return one’s youthful colors with a few rinses.  It did.  Yet, gray hair grows faster than the dyeing of the natural ones.  It became a hassle trying to keep up and have hair that conformed to one color or shade.  I gave in and the gray took my surrender as a signal to spread like wildfire.  The facial hair joined the battle that I was losing.

The older one gets, the novelty of learning something new every day is demanded. Sometimes that presentation is a surprise!  Rather than jump out of bed, it is more of a “roll.”  All of those suits in the closet have shrunk several sizes.  Some medications are now double strength.  The preregistration at the clinic now asks how often I have fallen in the past week.  So far, no unintentional falls.  I have noticed now-a-days that I do not turn my head quickly.  I shift my entire body to face the direction I am supposed to travel.  For some reason I am no longer allowed to climb a ladder.  Going down steps is carefully planned and executed.  One day it occurred to me that I was getting old.  As the years pass, one begins to understand David’s statement, “I have been young, and now am old” (Psalm 37:25).  However, age just means that we are closer to going home (John 14:1-3).