Many adults struggle with the aging process, but growing older has numerous benefits. Each day, you wake up with more knowledge than you had yesterday. Your wisdom helps you connect with fellow seniors, but it also makes you an inspiration for younger generations. As you progress through your golden years, cast your fears aside and remember what Scripture says about aging gracefully.
God promises to stay by your side from birth until your final days. "I will be your God throughout your lifetime — until your hair is white with age," He says in Isaiah 46:4, adding, "I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you." You are never alone, even when you feel weary or anxious.
God will never abandon you, and He will work tirelessly to help you grow in the image of the Lord. His work is never done as long as you are on earth. Philippians 1:6 reminds us of God's plans, stating, "For I am sure of this very thing, that the one who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus."
As you navigate your senior years, you develop invaluable experience. You learn more about yourself, the Lord, your loved ones and the world around you. These experiences should not be discredited by others, as God believes in your knowledge.
"Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old," says Job 12:12, reminding us of the value of speaking with older adults. 1 Kings 12:6 tells us that Solomon once sought the expertise of older men who helped him make important decisions about the kingdom of Israel. King Rehoboam follows Solomon's lead, asking his elders, "How do you think I should answer the people?"
The Bible says we should honor our elders. Elihu did not always agree with Job's actions, nor did he appreciate the arrogance of Job's other friends. However, in Job 32:4, Elihu waits until Job finishes speaking to voice his criticism because he feels it's the right thing to do as a younger man.
Our earthly bodies become weary as we age, and you may also notice aches or pains. Take comfort in knowing the Lord shall renew your strength, according to Isaiah 40:31. "Then they'll soar on wings like eagles; they'll run and not grow weary; they'll walk and not grow tired," promises this comforting verse.
2 Corinthians 4:16-17 echoes this sentiment, stating "Though outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are renewed day by day. Our suffering is light and temporary and is producing for us an eternal glory that is greater than anything we can imagine." God has big plans for you, and you will have a lifetime of everlasting joy when you enter heaven's gates.
Whenever possible, seniors should help younger generations in need. This is evidenced by passages such as Psalm 71:18, which says "Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come."
Youth and adults may need assistance choosing a righteous path, and your experience can guide them. Share Scripture about the joys of serving the Lord, or volunteer in your community. Let others know they are loved, both by you and the Lord above.
Here are some ways Christian seniors can serve others:
Practice small acts of kindness each day, even if you can't volunteer in your area. Invite a new resident of your assisted living community to join you for lunch, or write a friend a quick note sharing your appreciation. Let your pastor know he's doing a great job with his sermons, or help a neighbor carry groceries to their apartment. You can make a difference with your thoughtful actions and heartfelt words.
Growing older is a blessing, and we help seniors make the most of each day at each of our Bethesda Senior Living Communities. From art and music classes to yoga sessions and spiritual events, our residents have the tools they need to enjoy vibrant, active lifestyles.