As people advance in years, many wish they had not done certain negative things; instead, they wished they had done more positive things when the opportunity arose. Compromise has become the order of the day. God’s people are choosing to conform to the ways of the world and hold on to God and His principles at the same time. This cannot be done. In time, the consequences will bear this out. Jesus has granted to the believer forgiveness, spiritual blessings, and salvation, and He has paid the debt to deliver us from this sinful world into the eternal world to come.
Old age eventually comes to everyone who survives youth and middle age, but that does not mean it is time to quit. Our culture has abandoned the gold standard, moving from gold to silver, to bronze, to iron, to clay, and to mud. The last promise in the Bible is that Jesus would return to earth again quickly. It seems evident that “quickly” must be understood in the sense of “suddenly.”
There are some things that cannot be learned in books but only by experience, and obedience is surely one of those things. We become disciples of Jesus when we learn and do the things He commands us to do to the best of our ability. Wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it; but small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Young people yearn to be older, older people yearn to be younger, and many of those in-between are not sure one way or the other. The question becomes, “How much time remains to live contented lives?”
Self-reflection is always a good exercise. What I believe is a work in progress, not limited to these statements and subject to change. What do YOU believe?
Longtime Parma Hts. resident and educator in the Parma School district.