When I was young, I always looked forward to October. It is my birthday month, and boy, did I want to grow up fast. (As a side note, I was always told that I would wish I was a child once I was grown. Thankfully, this didn’t turn out to be true. I much prefer being an adult!)
Anyhow, once I reached the age of about twenty-five, I found myself really disliking the thought of aging. I wanted to stay a young adult. Didn’t everyone? I’ve heard many dear sisters say, “Well, I’m turning 29 for the (fill in the blank) time.” Nobody seemed to actually embrace growing older!
As providence would have it, the years have passed, and I’ve kept on aging. How terrible! I’ve even found a few gray hairs on my head over the past few years. Of course, I was quick to color them and then to forget about their existence for at least a few weeks.
As my birthday has neared this year, I’ve decided that it was time to make a change. Growing older isn’t something I should fight against. I don’t want to cringe when I think that I’m pushing forty. I want to love every bit of the life the Lord has given me, and that includes growing older.
Throughout scripture, we see that being young is equated with foolishness, and being old is equated with wisdom. Gray hair is considered a crown of glory! I do not want to be a fool. I want to wise in God’s ways. I hope that God uses my husband and myself to create a legacy of wisdom in our family.
And so this year, I am happy to grow older. I’m glad to be thirty-seven. I hope to be glad and grateful for each day the Lord gives me. After all, each day is a gift from Him.
I’ve also stopped coloring my hair. If the Bible says that gray hair is a crown of glory, I believe it. This is how God has made me, and it is proof that I am wiser than I once was.
Ladies, I would love to encourage you to embrace your life season as a gift from above. How good God is to have given us this day. I hope to always embrace my aging body, and to see it as proof of God’s grace. To see it as proof of growing wisdom.
To the older women…this is when the Lord is most likely to use you to teach those younger than you. What an honor, and a privilege that is.
A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness.