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 Sheila's Reflections

“Turning Fifty”

February 2007

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine
Proverbs 17:22a

Age, aging, or growing older is a hot topic… a topic that is talked about, sung about, and written about in poems, letters, and books. There have been movies and documentaries produced about it. Retailers are making mega bucks off the assumption that looking one’s age should be halted at all cost! They are telling anyone who will listen that it’s a shame to look 30, 40, 50, 60 or even 70 when they have products to be purchased, that will make us look much younger! Even old Webster defines age as a decline of life or oldness. Now, in his defense he does stipulate age is a number of years during which a person has lived or my favorite… age is coming of legal maturity.

The reason the subject of age has been on my mind recently is that I’m turning “50” this month. I’ve found laughter to be the best medicine for approaching this time of life entitled, “Middle-aged”. Why?
Because during the last couple of months a few good hearted souls have gleefully informed me that I’m soon to be “Over the Hill” and that it’s a downhill ride from there on out. The question has been put to me, “What’s wrong with looking your age?” -- I mean, you really look well preserved for a woman quickly approaching 50!” Some have even tried to be encouraging by quoting little quips like… “Sheila, you’re still young at heart even though not in body… be thankful you’re still going at 50, even though not as fast!” The best one… “Sheila, just think, you are soon to be entitled to the Senior Saint’s discount, oh sorry, that’s the Senior Citizen’s discount.” Some have felt it their duty to inform me that not only can I soon be listed as a “living fossil” that’s old as dirt, but that when my birthday arrives it will be the only time I’ll be “Half a Century” old!

But, my dear husband, Donny, said the favorite reference to my upcoming birthday. He said, “Yes it’s the “Big One,” but it’s a new beginning… the start of your Second Half… the best half… the finishing of the race… it’s receiving beautiful glimpses of your journey’s end, so enjoy the ride!”

Seriously, I must confess that this has been and continues to be a reflective time for me. There have been some monumental changes in my life over just the last few years. Limitations that I never dreamt would be a part of my daily routine have thrown me some curve balls. I’ve found the importance of making peace with these limitations and embracing them gracefully… because God is in control and knows what’s best. These limitations have challenged me to re-invent ways of serving the Lord and encouraged me to a closer walk with Him. They’ve ignited within me a greater passion to honor and glorify Him in all that I do by engrafting deeper into my life Colossians 3:23… And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.

As I have searched feverishly for scriptures that referred to the aged I’ve been so encouraged. Turning 50 is a time to be celebrated… it’s a wonderful mile marker that I’m looking forward to reaching. So what, my hair’s turning silver, my knee’s busted, arthritis has moved in to stay, and my night vision isn’t what it used to be… for that matter neither is my daylight vision! Sticky notes, the slow lane, flat heels, magnifying glasses, and large printed pages have become my trusted friends and I’m comfortable with that!

I’ve got so much to be thankful for… strong bones, good teeth, reading glasses, a sense of humor, the love of my life (Donny) is still by my side, I’m surrounded by a loving family and friends… but most of all I’m thankful that “Jesus” is Lord of my life! I guess “Turning Fifty” isn’t so bad after all!

                                                 God bless you until our next visit, 

                                                                           Sheila

They shall still bring forth fruit in old age...
Psalms 92:14a

 
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