I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. 1 John 2:14
Wisdom is valuable
I spoke to an old friend recently. Her dad’s health is failing. I felt for her because I am assisting with the caretaking of my parents too. It is hard to see our parents facing health challenges but there is something beautiful in seeing children who are willing to assist them. I watched my mother and father join with their siblings to take care of my grandparents. And, I have purposely had my daughter join me on the weekends that I caretake my parents. I embrace these moments as a part of a legacy. The cycle of life is reciprocal. I take care of them because they have sacrificed a lot for me to have a better life. We give help, we receive help. I guess that is wisdom. It never gets old.
Wisdom Starts Early
We gain wisdom through life experience. We are prepared for innocence. We have benchmarks for learning beginning with Pre-K. But just because one gets older doesn’t automatically mean one becomes wiser. Our lives are the sum total of generations of handed down wisdom and if we can see ourselves as part of a grander plan, we will accept our responsibility to pour our life lessons into the next generation to enable the growth to continue.
In the Gospels, Christ teaches that He came to give us life, abundant life. The word ‘abundant’ means ‘beyond our expectation’. Living abundantly is not solely for the young. Having a life that is fulfilling and purposeful should drive us all until our last breath.
“Death is not the end, birth is not the beginning.” Amma Naomi
“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT
We are born with three inner ‘homing devices’ or maybe ‘beacons’ is a better term, helping us to pierce through the façade to touch the eternal; faith, hope, and, love. Believe that you were born with a purpose and are living at the right time. Hope that your life will make a difference and make this world better. And find people, places, and things to care about. Recalibrate your thoughts, grasp aging as a necessary consequence of the gift of a long life. A long life gives us the opportunity to gain wisdom. Wisdom is valuable and priceless. Age gives us the ability to have more moments to live to the fullest.
We need to catch a glimpse of the cycle of life, ‘eternal life’, the life without a beginning or ending. The Old Testament book Jeremiah 1:4-5, shares, “Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” God knew us before we were born. Before our mother met our father. He entrusted us to this world to be awakened to His existence, to be touched by love; love of self, love of neighbor, and love of God. Look through the lens of wisdom and you will see that your origin is in God, and that means your true age is undefinable. You are not getting ‘older’, you were ancient when you were born, but you are getting wiser. Wisdom never gets old.
“Live a good honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.” Dalai Lama
We must forgive ourselves for all the years that we have paid more attentive to age than purpose and destiny. We may feel as if we have wasted time but we have faith, everything has emerged in our lives as it should have. Life is short but wisdom never gets old.
NOTE: I am just tapping into my destiny. One solid voice that has helped me on my journey is that of this author Marianne Williamson. This book is a valuable read for all who want to be prepared for maturing. Click picture and go to the top of the page to ‘Read a Sample’ then become a reader like me.