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Celebrating getting older (01/12/2014)
From: T.M. Schoewe

Only a few days in another New Year and we once again are reminded of how listening to too much of the bad news on TV or reading too much of the same in the newspapers can easily make one cynical. In Syria, and for that matter, in much of the Middle East and across parts of Africa, there are many stories of killings including women and children. This reminds us of that slaughter of those children in Bethlehem almost two thousand years ago. That hatred is still abroad and comes down from that old garden where the first son killed his brother. That very same hatred condemned and sentenced Jesus to die on a Roman cross, not realizing that our Lord God was introducing a plan of salvation for this warring world.

In the meantime, while the gospel is continuing to do its work, and there certainly is much to do, we are all getting older and need to learn to simply celebrate that. Thereís a lady who was misidentified as a 90-year-old in a column that featured her 45 simple statements about life. And I am happy to know that she is not 90 because if she follows her own advice she has a lot to look forward to and will enjoy getting there. And we hope she gets there, for what she has to say makes living to that age well worth it. We are about to see our own odometer click over to 95 this spring, God willing, and do appreciate the idea of being able to celebrate getting old and take to heart this ladyís insight. Inasmuch as we do know her name is Regina Brett, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, here are a few of those simple statements for your life.

Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Life isnít fair but itís still good. Your job wonít take care of you when you are sick. Friends and parents will, so stay in touch. Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck. Pay off your credit card, every month. You donít have to win every argument, agree to disagree. Make peace with your past so it wonít screw up the present. Forgive everyone everything. Time heals almost everything. Give time time. However good or bad a situation is it will change. Donít take yourself so seriously. No one else does. No one is in charge of your happiness but you. Growing old beats dying young. Believe in miracles. Go outside, miracles are everywhere. f we all threw our problems in a pile and looked at everyone elseís we would be quick to take ours back. Envy is a waste of time. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up. Take a deep breath, it calms the mind. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didnít do (Read John 3:16). Life isnít tied with a bow, but itís still a GIFT! Read John 3:16 again! What more do you need?

The above short statements will stand you in good stead for 2014 as you grow old. 


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