For What It’s Worth,
Let’s Talk About Aging

By E. J. Bradshaw

I love heroes, especially old ones, and stories of their heroics. One of my favorites is a man of the tribe of Judah whose name was Caleb. He caught my attention while I was reading the story of ancient Israel’s escape from Egypt. Approaching Canaan, Moses sent twelve spies including Caleb to spy out the land. Their report was good and bad. The land was to be desired, but, there were giants in the land; “and before them, we are as grasshoppers;” “we can’t do it!” Caleb said, “Yes, we can! Let’s go!” The majority won, and because of their lack of faith, the people were turned back to wander in the wilderness for forty years, just twelve days walking distance from the Promise Land.

When all the people who had left Egypt except Joshua and Caleb were dead, Joshua, Moses successor, led the people across the Jordan River, and for five years, Caleb helped the people conquer the land. When he was 85 years old, he reminded Joshua that Moses had promised him the mountainous area of Hebron--now Jerusalem, and said, “Now, give me my mountain; God helping, I’m able to take it!” God helped, and Caleb drove the giants from his inheritance. Numbers 13-14; Joshua 14-15.

Don’t you just love it? When most folks his age are retired to the rocking chair or nursing home, Caleb was whipping giants! Are you asking, “How was he able to overcome old age and accomplish so much”? I believe his experiences at the Red Sea crossing - God feeding the people for forty years - crossing the Jordan River on dry land - Jericho’s walls falling - all had convinced him that God was able. He trusted God.

Two, he remained actively involved. None of that attitude, “I’ve done my share.” His attitude was, “I want to; I can do; I will do!”

We can’t stop the aging process, but we can profit from all the experiences age affords us. We can keep mentally and physically active! We can keep serving the Lord and claiming our mountain and enjoying each day! I love the Calebs of our day.

I’m not going to grow old gracefully; I have vowed to fight it every step of the way. Join me!

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