Another birthday, another year to proclaim God’s power
“I need a younger look, Chuck. Someone thought I was five years older than I am.” I laughed when I said this to the owner of True Blondes Salon, but I wasn’t laughing on the inside.
Chuck assured me he’d fix the problem. Almost like a miracle, after a super-duper-gray-defying color session, a younger-looking me got up from the chair. At least, my husband, Bert, said I looked younger. (He wouldn’t lie, would he?).
I wish I could say I didn’t care how much my age is showing. Having sisters who seem to be aging more gracefully doesn’t help. Although we’re close in age, their chins, arms and midriffs look better than mine. Sigh.
While I’m thankful for another year, the reality that less of my life lies before me than behind me sometimes hits hard. This fact makes me want, more than ever, to live with purpose.
Don’t you want to resolve to make each year – each day – count? Don’t you want to live in such a way that your life declares God’s faithfulness to this generation? If so, right now, let’s ask God to use us every day, for the rest of our lives, in ways that glorify Him.
Psalm 71:17-18 (ESV) resonates with me:
O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.
Don’t you love this verse?
Even though I’m beginning to resemble one who is old and gray (although with True Blondes’ help, you’ll never see the gray part), I have purpose. “Indeed, this “mature” woman of God is inviting you to watch my life. Because you ain’t seen nothing yet.
O God, thank You for my life – every single year of it! I pray You’ll grant me (and everyone who reads this) more years so we can declare Your wondrous deeds, strength and power to this generation and to all who are to come. Amen.
What about you?
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this post. (Others might also benefit from your comment.)
- Do you celebrate each new year God gives you?
- Or do you dread another candle on your birthday cake?
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Sheryl, you are always beautiful in my book. Your love for God and your family truly makes you beautiful!
Thank you, Teri, one of my very favorite sisters! You, Karen and Kathy made my birthday the best one ever! Thank you for the surprise sister birthday party. The love you all showed me still makes me smile.
I love you deeply.
Happy birthday, Sheryl! Long ago, someone once told me, “Fear of old age is the false assumption that God will let you live that long!” So I have often prayed, “God, give me all the gray hair you want me to have!” So far He has started answering my prayer. I need not be afraid!
Hello, FellowBelievr. Thank you for the birthday wish. AND AMEN!! We need NOT be afraid of getting older.
I love this! Yes, the signs of old age are not pretty ones but one can only go so far to cover them up. Mine stop at coloring my hair! What I can’t fix, I cover up! I think you are just beautiful!
THANK you, Marla. You are so sweet. And for the record, I’ve always thought you were beautiful – on several levels. Truly.