Over The Hill by Jim Henry

Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.S. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program "WE BELIEVE"
Print #20, CT #1626

"Over The Hill"
Ecclesiastes 12:1-2

The Washington Redskins a few years ago had a team that was called
"The Over-the-hill Gang.' That was because the guys on their team were
older than usual and they had a lot of fun poking fun at them I was
reading an article not so long ago that said that everyone past 21 was
"over the hill." So, if you're past 21 today, I'm talking to you. If
you're on the way to 21, it won't be long, you'll be there, so you'd
better listen, so you can learn about some things that are very
important to you as you grow older.
Now, growing older is looked at in many different ways. I heard
about a fellow that said he heard a myth or a legend about when God made
man. He made him to live 40 years, but He made a monkey, a horse, and a
dog and gave them all 40 years' But the monkey, and the horse, and the
dog didn't want the extra 10 years of their life, so they gave it to man.
So the man said his life from 40 to 50, when he got the extra 10 years
from the dog, was "a dog's life.' Then the extra 10 years the horse
gave him, from 50 to 60, was when he worked like a horse. Then the extra
10 years the monkey gave him from 60 to 70 was to "monkey-around_"
Well, I don't know where you find yourself on that scale.
I asked Stanley Hand, who used to be the commander out here at
McCoy Air Force Base, if he knew what a B-29 was. He said, "Sure,
it's what I wish I was 30 years ago." Somebody said that growing old
is a time of the "B's" - bunions, balding, broader, and bifocals
Where are you? I don't know, but you're on the way in that direction
somewhere, because in the United States of America there are 20 million
people over 65. Today five thousand people in our country will
celebrate their 65th birthday. Every day five thousand people in our
country turn 65. In the last half of this ...


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