The Golden Years


If God grants me life, I will pass another milestone next month. I will reach the mystical age of seventy. My body reminds me daily that I am old. I never thought I would reach this age, but here I stand at sixty-nine and waiting. Each year seems to pass more quickly now. But one of the great joys of growing older is to look back on life and remember how God’s grace, power, and love have touched and enriched our lives. I bet that is true for you, too.

We have all been plunged into despair at times only to rediscover His promise to never leave or forsake us. Some of us emerged from ferocious trials with the testimony on our lips that God works in ALL things for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Some of us have endured life-changing losses while clinging tenaciously to His promise that the day is coming when He will wipe away every tear.

At “going on” seventy, I am peering into an unknown future with confidence that the best days of my life are still to come. Chuck Swindoll suggested that the year ahead is always “an ocean of possibilities, including both sun-drenched days and a few storms with howling winds and giant waves.” We must not fear the storms so much that we stay in the dock and miss the adventures God has in store for us. We can navigate the seas of life, no matter our age, with confidence by following a few simple guidelines.

First, welcome each day as a God-given opportunity. There is an axiom that says, ‘yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift from God. That is why it is the present. (James 4:14)

Second, begin each day with prayer. The psalmist wrote, “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” (Psalm 5:3)

Third, spend some time reading the Bible each day. In Deuteronomy 8:3, God spoke to the Israelites, reminding them of His provision of manna when they were dying of hunger. He made that provision to “teach them that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”

Finally, seize opportunities to invite others to experience the joy of Christ with you. People will take more notice of your faith when you weather the storms that invade your life with faith, joy, and integrity. Use those opportunities to tell others the Source of your strength and hope.

As I set course on the twilight of my life, simple habits like these will strengthen my resolve and help me finish strong. They can do the same for you, no matter your age. Try them and see how God changes your perspective! “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24