Proverbs 4:19-22 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
I love going to the County Fair. The rides, the Carmel Corn, the Cotton Candy, they all seem to call out to me. However, there are also others calling out to me. It’s the Carnies who work the midway. “Play this for a buck, and win a 50-foot teddy bear you can’t get in your car.” There’s always someone yelling, “Guess your weight, or age for a dollar, if I’m off by this much, you win something silly.” When they guess you’re 18 and you’re really 13, that’s great. You look mature. When you’re in your early 40’s, and you hear them say 55, well that’s embarrassing.
A comment like that could cause you to begin to feel old. Suddenly you become very aware of all the younger people around you. Well, don’t let your real age discourage you. Every year of life also brings with it real wisdom. You’ve experienced things, most of those younger folks have never seen.
As people age, they may recall trying to teach their children how to do right. You may have even thought that your children didn’t listen, and would probably never learn. However, now you see them with children of their own, and they’re teaching them the same thing you taught them. It almost sounds funny hearing those words come out of their mouths, when it seems as only a few years ago, they argued with you for telling them the very same thing. Now think back for a moment, where did you receive the majority of your wisdom? Wasn’t most of it passed down to you from your parents, or guardians? They received most of their wisdom that same way as well.
The truth, is always going to be the truth, even when culture changes. Right is always going to be right, and wrong is always going to be wrong. Oh, and by the way, I am always going to think I’m still young… at least young at heart.
We too often disregard the wisdom of the aged. We hear it as the ramblings of an old person. Guess what? You’re getting closer to them, than to your youth. They have much to teach us. We need to listen. I wonder if they think their young yet too?
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Numbers 2 – 4 / Proverbs 4:19-22
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Leviticus 15-17 / Mark 1:21 – 45
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