‘For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you.’ Proverbs 3:2 NKJV
By the year 2030, one in five of us will be seventy years of age or older. That’s about 20 per cent of the world’s population. Millions of us will live to be a hundred or more. When asked at his birthday party how he felt about turning eighty, American President Dwight D. Eisenhower replied, ‘It sure does beat the alternative!’ African American Anita Bogan died in 2007 at the ripe old age of 106. Her obituary in the Los Angeles Times read: ‘Blessed with good health and a sound mind, Bogan spent most of her old age doing what she wanted to do, with a feisty, what’s-age-got-to-do-with-it attitude. In the decades following her 80th year, she created a non-profit foundation to build senior housing, opened a floral shop, played golf daily, took cruises to celebrate her birthdays and inspired people. On Bogan’s 100th birthday, the Kern County Board of Supervisors declared an “Anita Bogan Day”.’ By her attitude towards life, Anita changed the way people around her viewed ageing. And the Bible doesn’t just promise long life, it promises quality life. ‘My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you.’ (Proverbs 3:1-2 NKJV). ‘The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.’ (Proverbs 9:10-11 NKJV). The secret of enjoying the ageing process is to build a close relationship with God and live according to His principles.
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