Career concerns and the immediate needs of our children take a back seat as we approach and enter our "Golden Years," but that does not mean that our life loses its meaning. The opposite is true, but that meaning — our sources of peace and joy — morphs and begins to come from new places. As believers, our perspective should keep eternity in view, not just the trials of this day.
A woman I care about is struggling with depression and anxiety. She is facing the prospect of retirement in the near future, and she recently expressed a feeling of fear that life will continue to offer the same struggles as time marches on. In a moment of bravery, she confessed she’s not sure a life like this will be meaningful, or worth getting up in the morning for. I’m covering her in prayer and communicating with her often, and I wonder: How many of us, as retirement approaches or the challenges of age begin to take root, have feelings like this?
Isaiah 46:4 speaks of the Lord’s devotion to each of His sons and daughters as we age:
“Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.”
Seniors, especially those who are isolated or struggling with chronic health issues, are at an increased risk for depression and anxiety. Seeing familiar faces in the obituaries is a reminder of the frailty of life, and the impermanence of this earthly existence. But God does not intend for us to spend the golden years dressed in mourning; on a practical basis, peace and joy look different at 60, 70 and 80 than they did at 20, 30 or 40. But there is lots of capacity for joy, and there is tremendous reason for hope past the mid-century mark. Read on for a few good reasons to rise in the morning with a smile on your face.
May God renew your joy and inspire you to hope and dream, every day, at every age.
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What are you most looking forward to in your "Golden Years?" What makes beginning each day worthwhile for you, and how has that changed over your life? Share your joys and dreams in the comments below.