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Winter Time: Growing Old God's Way (3 of 3)
If you have your Bible, please turn to Psalm 92. We're in a series called ''Seasons.'' And we have talked about seedtime, that time of starting out or starting over. The Bible talks about the season of seedtime when you're getting the soil ready and you're planting the seed. And then it also talks about harvest time. We preached on that last week, and how harvest time is summertime and it's fall time. It's when the crops are coming up and you are harvesting the grain and getting the fruit off the vine and off the trees. And it's an awesome time. And then the Bible also talks about winter time, winter time, when the ground goes dormant; winter time when the trees are barren and the snow has fallen, and it's cold outside. Winter time speaks of growing old.
I heard about two Wal-Mart greeters. They were up in age and they were sitting on a bench talking. And the one man said to his friend, he said, ''Hey, Jim,'' he said, ''man you know, I'm almost 80 years old.'' And he said, ''I have so many aches and so many pains, and, man, life is just so hard.'' He said, ''Jim, you're about my age. How do you feel?'' Jim looked at him, and he said, ''I feel just like a newborn baby.'' He said, ''You do? Really, like a newborn?'' He said, ''Yep, I got no hair, no teeth, and I think I just wet my pants.'' (laughter).
Winter time is when you get older. And some of us have hit the no hair. I still have teeth, but you can hit that earlier than later. But growing old is not for cowards. It's not for sissies. But it comes to all of us who live long enough on this earth. Winter time is coming for everybody. Some of you are here and you would say, ''I'm in the winter time of life. I am growing old.'' Well, we want to talk today how to grow old God's way. You know, some people grow old and they grow grumpy. They're like Clint Eastwood, ''Get off my lawn!'' You know, they're that kind of th ...
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