preacher’s column

preacher’s column

The Messenger. 05.22.08
Written by members of the Obion County Ministerial Association
I had a birthday a couple of weeks ago and so it got me to thinking about growing older. Now I know that as a newly-minted 55 year-old, I am what some of you might call “just a youngster.” But also, some of you might think that 55 years old is ancient. One thing I have learned about age is that it is a state of mind.
Here are some other things I have learned.
• Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.
• The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
• When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to your youth, think of Algebra.
• You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
• One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.
But the best thing I have learned about getting older is that God is still with me. In the words of Psalm 71: “In You, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline Your ear to me and save me. Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress.” (Psalm 71:1-3)
God is the unchangeable factor, no matter what else in life changes.
God is with us in our youth and in our old age.
The sooner we learn that, the better we will be at any age.
Dr. David Russell
Union City First United Methodist Church
420 East Main St.

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