I can imagine myself asking the same question when I was young. I guess I thought there was a magic age, a time when suddenly I would understand everything and feel wise. It hasn’t happened yet, and youth left me a long time ago.
My wise friend looked at this young woman and said, “The way to become a sweet little old lady is to be a sweet young lady.”
She is so right. I can guarantee you that every grumpy old man you know was once a grumpy young one, and every bitter old lady you know was a bitter young one. You will not suddenly become wise just because you have aged, and you will not suddenly become good-natured either. It reminds me of something I heard on an audio book recently: there are no happy endings, only happy people.
And isn’t that what we Christians are supposed to be, happy? Yet it seems I meet more and more unhappy Christians. Maybe we do not dwell enough on the hope we have—or maybe we simply don’t believe it. If I do believe in that hope, it will show in the things that do and do not upset me, in the things that do and do not discourage me. It will show in how I treat people, even those who are not kind or who actively mistreat me. It will show in the way I put others ahead of myself and my own desires, serving as well as I can in whatever situation I am in. Isn’t that what a sweet little old lady does, or a kind and pleasant old man? I have known many in my lifetime. Christians should always become sweet little old ladies and kind and pleasant old men because they believe that here and now is not the end of the matter. They understand that very soon they will see a happy beginning that never ends--and they believe it.
If you want to be a sweet little old lady when you grow up, start working on it today, whatever your age, or you will never make it in time.
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed, Prov 3:13-18.