Advantages of Aging

[Our] small troubles . . . are
helping us gain an eternal glory.
           —2 Corinthians 4:17

If you hang around, growing old isn’t an option.

Repairs on this old house increase with age. No sooner do we get one body part fixed than another part malfunctions. A lopsided percentage of senior citizens’ schedules are spent in physicians’ suites.

Even so, old age has its advantages—and youth isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

In Mitch Albom’s interviews with Morrie Schwartz—Tuesdays with Morrie—the retired professor said: “As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed at twenty-two, you’d always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth.”

Continue to learn. Grow. The body wears out, but the spirit doesn’t. “Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day” (2 Cor 4:16).

The spirit grows best in winter.

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