Never get old.

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

Love, again?

“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.

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No Pain, No Gain.

Life affords us maturity and growth when we can harness an inner strength and fortitude. I am discovering, if I want to be successful, I have to take control of my life and move forward. Waiting on a dream, hoping it will find me is not a sound plan. I have to grab on to my desire by faith and move in that direction. There is a principle hidden in 1 Corinthians 15:46, “first natural then spiritual”. We gain spiritual wisdom from natural experiences. Our lives are giving us lessons to help us tap into purposeful living. +

When the student is ready the teacher emerges.

I am on this journey to get healthy and fit. My goal is to lose 10 pounds. After years of trying on my own to lose 10 pounds, I submitted to my failure and reached out to a nutritionist & fitness coach. I have been waking up at 4:30 am for almost a month to do weight and cardio training with my coach. Next week we start my nutrition program. As I grapple with wanting more sleep, more carbs, and fewer reps, I am beginning to see that I am the real issue; my mind needs to be strengthened. I need fortitude. Being honest with myself and acknowledging that I needed help was the first step. It was hard. Pride and ego were working against me. I had to accept the fact that my education which encompasses Masters degrees, ordinations, and certifications had no impact at all on my ability to get healthy. I needed a coach to guide me. I had to submit my will to someone qualified to help me reach my goal. Once I owned my truth, instantly the provision came. When I contacted my nutritionist she said that she had been praying for a sign to move into this arena. I was her sign. She knew this was a divinely opening door. When I was willing to ask, the teacher was already waiting with the answer. +

‘Let the weak say I am strong’ Joel 3:10

Living is about discovering who we really are, our purpose, why we exist. Our struggles give us great insights to help calibrate our location on the path. Maybe this is why the Christian scripture lesson in Joel 3:10 teaches us that strength is not always seen but it is hidden within. We find it through our faith. +

Remember, life is not trying to hurt us but rather to heal. Where there is sorrow, when we walk through it, we find comfort. Where there is pain, when we press through, we find healing. Where there is weakness, we will find through the experience, strength. But we must be gentle with ourselves. We must not fear the struggle. It is not to remind us of our brokenness. The pains we experience in life are like ‘street signs’, pointing us in the direction of our wholeness. I am on my way to healthiness. Where are you going? +