Since we have been rethinking our whole lives in the past few months, this poem bears repeating. Yes, we are older than we were and sometimes that makes it harder to change. The world is changing and we must change with it. I have taken the liberty of adding a few more lines.
Young and Arrogant
When I was young and arrogant, I said somethings I should recant.
Like, “Hope I die before I’m old…”
Could I have really been that bold?
The years are quickly passing by.
I check the mirror and find that I Have wrinkles creeping o’er my face, and signs of age in every place.
Is it too late to realize that with the” old” comes also “wise?”
There is so much that’s left to do, so many things of real value.
I’ve lately come to understand that it’s all part of God’s great plan;
I need to live out all my days; I need the time to learn His ways!
I still have opportunity to bless each one I come to meet.
To drop some flowers on the path, and leave His fragrance where I’ve passed.
I’m old? I’m old! And changed my tune…I want to live, not go too soon.
And though’ I am no longer spry; I simply haven’t time to die!
And so, I learn the new rules that are simply old, renewed.
And give it all to Jesus, stop living blued and stewed.
Fully living life with God, is still the way to go. I give him all the new stuff and re-learn how to sow.
Susan Stewart, Used by permission
Yes, even when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not, but keep me alive until I have declared Your mighty strength to this generation, and your might and power to all that are to come (From Psalm 71:18, AMPC).
Prayer-Father the changes we see in our world just mean that we have lived a long time. Help us progress with you as changes come. Amen.