They say that a single conversation with a wise man is more valuable than ten years of study...well I was blessed with 47 years with my Dad and must say that whoever "they" are, they are right. He taught me so much, sharing his faith and wisdom. He showed me that the older he got, the more beautiful God and life were to him! I miss his unconditional love, smile, sense of humor, positivity and wisdom.
When I was in college I worked as a weekend receptionist at a retirement home and I had lots of grandparents. They enriched my life more than I could ever imagine! They shared their wisdom with me. Job 12: 12, “Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?” God was using them in a mighty way and they were touching lives. As my pastor says, “if you ain’t dead, you ain’t done.”
Whether parents, grandparents or friends, they have already been down the road we are going and they have already had the feelings we are experiencing. I continue to have older men and women teach me and I hope I teach those younger than me. Titus 2: 3-5, “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” Hebrews 13: 16, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
"Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.” – David Bowie
God, please tell Dad I said, happy birthday, thanks for teaching me what was really important and I love him!