2018-02-16 / Chaplain's News

Does God bless us with opportunity to age gracefully?

Chaplain (Capt.) Ron Kambuku
551st Signal Battalion

In a few days I will be celebrating yet another birthday in my life.

Every day I look at myself in the mirror, and I notice that I am physically changing.

Some of the physical changes that I have noticed are a few gray hairs, a few fine lines on my face, and the fluctuation of my body weight. These are some of the signs that I am aging.

Do I regret that I am aging?

Of course not, because I am confident that aging gracefully is a blessing from God.

Each new phase of my adult life offers prospects to identify the challenges that obviously takes place with maturity.

Despite the fact that the focus tends to be more and more on the aging process, the greater focus of my life is on being a good steward of my career, family, friends, self-care and anything that pertains to normal living.

Cavanaugh and Blanchard-Fields (2015), argue that as life reaches the middle years and beyond, physical changes related to old age begin to take place.

Individuals adapt to these changes knowingly or unknowingly.

One of the challenges of adult years at each phase of development is to adjust magnificently to diminishing physical abilities.

Adults who achieve physical capabilities successfully, do so based on their health.

But there are some who are unable to adjust to these changes due to personal struggles associated with physical health and cognitive functioning (Cavanaugh & Blanchard- Fields, 2015).

Physically and biologically the adult life generally seems normal and stable in the fourth decade of life.

“However, there are exceptions to this configuration because as adults reach their 40s and thereafter they begin to notice both physical and biological changes such as perimenopause, menopause, health problems, and the aging or death of one’s parents” (Cavanaugh & Blanchard- Fields, 2015).

In the Bible, there are characteristics of individuals who successfully negotiated the physical changes of aging and longevity.

For example, Methuselah, the son of Enoch and the father of Lamech, lived to be 969 years old. This is a clear indication that old age is a gift from God.

To those who are in their advanced years, count it a blessing because God has blessed you with the knowledge and wisdom that you have learned over the years so you can share with the younger generation.

The scriptures clearly states that, “I will renew your life and sustain you in your old age” (Ruth 4:15).

Therefore, when you notice the physical changes on your body that are related to adult life, know that God has blessed you with the opportunity of aging gracefully.

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