We are living in a time when people are willing to torture themselves to continue to look an age that has long since past. Rather than embracing the blessing of getting older we are stuck on reclaiming our past. This is in starch contrast to the scripture which teaches us to honor the elderly, embrace the wisdom to be gained from living through every season of life in the Lord.1 Even those not in God who have made it through all seasons of life can tell you what didn’t work even if they haven’t figured out what did.
The outward man perishes this is a fact that botox treatments can’t prevent, facelifts can’t ignore, and hair coloring can’t hide. Yet rather than spending our energy and money on trying to hold on to our youth we should spend more time on renewing that which is not subject to decay with age, but rather improves with age. Because though this outward man perishes this inward man (Spirit man) is renewed. 2
Please understand I am not opposed to trying to preserve or take care of the body we have, because our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, but there is a difference between maintaining and attempting to reclaim.3 Timothy points out that bodily exercise profits a little.4 So should I spend most of my time focusing on the little profit I get from it or should I spend more time and resources on that which will yield a more profitable result?
I am reminded of Moses who even in death his eyes did not dim and neither did he lose his strength at the age of one hundred and twenty.5 If we look at the life of Moses what was the ingredient to his success? What do we observe from His life? We know he spent lots of time with God in the very presence of God and he obeyed God. We’d probably do well if we would do likewise.
Finally, please don’t misunderstand me I am not saying let yourself go by any means. What I am saying is we would profit more from sitting in His presence then applying all these different techniques we apply to our skin and body. Know which race you should run, because not every race available is worth the energy required to run it. Celebrate the blessing of being here another day no matter what age you are, and rather then trying to reclaim your youth, embrace the gift you are as a walking, breathing page of history that has wisdom to impart to the next generation.
1(Lev 19:32) Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.
(Pro 16:31) The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
2(2Co 4:16) For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
3(1Co 6:19) What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
4(1Ti 4:8) For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
5(Deu 34:7) And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.