Being Old Can Mean Being Better by Frank Pollard

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BEING OLD CAN MEAN BEING BETTER
ECCLESIASTES 11 AND 12
LATELY IN OUR STUDY WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT SOME
OLD TESTAMENT GIANTS. THEY GOT OLDER. THEY LIVED MANY,
MANY YEARS. BUT, AS THEY GREW OLDER, MOST OF THEM GOT
BETTER BECAUSE THEY NEVER STOPPED MATURING.
YOU KNOW WE TALK ABOUT PEOPLE GOING INTO THEIR SECOND
CHILDHOOD. SOMETIMES WE THINK THAT GETTING OLD MEANS THAT
YOU ACT LIKE A CHILD. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE STUBBORN
AGAIN, HAVE YOUR OWN WAY, OR BE CRITICAL SAYING, "I DON'T
LIKE THAT. THAT'S NOT GOOD." OR, TO BE POUTY) OR SELFISH.
BUT, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT. THAT'S FOR KIDS.
PEOPLE WHO ACT LIKE THAT GET OLDER, BUT NEVER GROW UP.
BUT, WHAT EXPLAINS SOMEONE LIKE ABRAHAM, JACOB, AND
JOSEPH WHO KEPT ON BEING FRUITFUL AND ENJOYING LIFE? WELL,
IN LOOKING FOR AN ANSWER IN THE WORD OF GOD, WE SEE THE
EXAMPLE IN THEIR LIVES, BUT WE FIND THE TEACHING IN
ECCLESIASTES 11 AND 12, WHERE IT GIVES ADVICE ABOUT HOW TO
GET OLDER AND ALSO TO GET BETTER. SO FIND ECCLESIASTES IN
YOUR BIBLE, WOULD YOU? IT'S A LITTLE BIT TO THE RIGHT OF
PSALMS, AND IT'S JUST AFTER PROVERBS, JUST BEFORE THE
SONG OF SOLOMON. VIE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT CHAPTER 12 FIRST.
SO LOOK WITH ME AT ECCLESIASTES 12 AND VERSE 1:
REMEMBER ALSO YOUR CREATOR IN THE DAYS OF
YOUR YOUTH, BEFORE THE EVIL DAYS COME AND
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THE YEARS DRAW NEAR WHEN YOU WILL SAY,
I HAVE NO DELIGHT IN THEM."
THIS IS LITERALLY SAYING THAT THE FIRST THING YOU MUST
DO IS: REMEMBER GOD. IF NOT, THERE WILL COME A TIME WHEN YOU
WILL SAY, "I DON'T DELIGHT IN LIFE, THE DAYS BRING NO DELIGHT
TO ME. YOU SEE, THERE IS NO WAY TO FACE AGING WITH JOY
WITHOUT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. FOR UNLESS YOU KNOW HIM, THEN
EVERY DAY CANNOT BE SWEETER. BUT, IF YOU DO KNOW HIM, THEN
GROWING TO KNOW HIM MAKES LIFE AND AGING BETTER AND BETTER.
I VISITED ONCE WITH A GREAT MAN OF FAITH. HE WAS EIGHTY-
TWO YEARS OLD WHEN I SAW HIM. HE WAS STILL ALIVE AND HEALTHY.
HIS EYES FLASHED WITH LIFE. HE LOVED TO PL ...


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