Getting Older with Grace

The phrase “Grumpy Old Men” came into existence for more reasons than a movie. The fact is many older people get grumpy, cranky, irritable, moody, and complain a lot because their joints hurt, their muscles ached, their hip, knee, and back hurt, and they have to get up three times in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, they struggle to get their socks on, they aren’t supposed to eat ice cream anymore, and on the list goes. Getting old is more than enough to make anybody grumpy.

One of the hardest things to do when we have aches and pains is to suffer in silence, not to grumble or complain or tell people how we feel as we attempt to get some sympathy. I don’t know for sure if it is true, but I believe that God gives His strength, joy, and peace to those who focus on the good things in their life, rejoice and thank God for them, and endure the hard and painful things without fussing too much.

God gives strength, He gives great joy, and He gives peace, but His blessings are conditional; that is, we have a part to play, a price to pay, like we have to put gas in the car if we expect it to run even if it is $4.50 a gallon.

Philippians 4:4-8 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! . . . Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

It helps me to make a commitment to the Lord every morning to grumble about nothing and rejoice about everything, and to ask for the Holy Spirit to fill me full of self-control.

I know some older adults that are fun to be around, because they are pleasant, positive, they smile a lot, are happy and joyful. I don’t think it is because they are fortunate to have no aches and pains, or that they are loaded up with pain-killers, I am pretty sure it is because they choose to act that way.

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