A hundred years ago, people lived an average of 47 years. Today many men live to be at least 75. Many women live to be at least 80. As you get older, your skin wrinkles because it becomes thinner and less elastic. Your bones become more visible as you store less fat beneath your skin. Inside the body, your bones and muscle become weaker. Your memory gets worse, and your immune system can’t fight disease as easily. Retirement from work brings more leisure time, but it can also bring a sense of a loss of purpose in life. Your income may be lower. Family and friends die or move away. It may be time to move out of a house that has become too big and hard to maintain. Face it, your body wears out as you get older. Bottom line? Growing old definitely is NOT for the faint of heart!
In Ecclesiastes, King Solomon agreed. He wrote of how the things we take for granted when we’re young cause us to lose delight in living when we’re old. On top of that, without God, life can be meaningless. Ah, but with God, there is wisdom, strength, joy, and the hope that when the body finally gives out, there is life – real life – in heaven with God. It’s something to remember when you’re young and when you’re old.
If you haven’t thought about what will happen when you leave this earth, read John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” (NLT) Don’t let another day go by without giving your life to Jesus. You’ll never have to wonder where you’ll spend eternity!