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Okay, I’m older now. Much older. It is easy to get impatient with me.

There are many things I do that are irritating.

But …

I know a few things. I’ve spent a lifetime learning the hard lessons of being a disciple of Jesus. I know God is good and in a good mood.

Don’t be harsh or impatient with an older man. Talk to him as you would your own father, and to the younger men as your brothers. Reverently honor an older woman as you would your mother, and the younger women as sisters. ~Apostle Paul | 1 Timothy 5:1-2

The holy scripture presents growing old as a normal, natural part of life in this world. There is honor involved in the aging process, because growing old is normally accompanied by increased wisdom and experience.

Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31

God wants us to remember that life is short (James 4:14) and that the beauty of youth is soon gone (Proverbs 31:30; 1 Peter 1:24).

Consider this:

  • Leviticus 19:32 — 32 ‘You shall rise up before the grayheaded and honor the aged, and you shall revere your God; I am the Master.
  • 1 Peter 5:5 — 5 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
  • Job 29:8 — 8 The young men saw me and hid themselves, And the old men arose and stood.
  • Proverbs 16:31 — 31 A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness.
  • Proverbs 20:29 — 29 The glory of young men is their strength, And the honor of old men is their gray hair.