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Summary: The reason for the luxuriant growth of believers is that they are planted in the house of the Lord and they flourish in the courts of our God. In other words, they live in daily fellowship with the Lord, drawing their strength and sustenance from Him.

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February 23, 2014

Title: The Bright Side of Growing Older

Scripture: Job 11:17 (KJV)—“Thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth.”

Introduction

Our devotion for today is about the brightside of growing old.

If you don’t think there is a bright side to it, I found some humorous stories that may change your mind.

When Elizabeth Sphar’s grandson asked her how old she was, she teasingly replied, “I’m not sure.”

Undaunted by his grandmother’s ignorance, the little boy gave her some advice.

He said, “Look in your underwear, Grandma. Mine says I’m four.”

One woman who was struggling with the reality of her age asked a friend, “I don’t think I look forty-years-old, do you?”

Her friend answered, “No, but you used to!”

During a TV commercial break, an eighty-five-year-old man climbed out of his recliner and said, “Honey, I’m going into the kitchen to get some ice cream, would you like some?”

The elderly woman was pleased with her husband’s willingness to serve her a bowl of ice cream, but she wanted to make sure he brought her the right kind.

She said, “I want vanilla with chocolate sauce on top.

Write it down so you won’t forget.”

He just shook his head and walked into the kitchen.

Fifteen minutes later, he returned carrying a plateful of scrambled eggs.

When he handed it to his wife she grumbled, “I told you to write it down so you wouldn’t forget.

But instead of making a note, you show up with eggs and forgot my bacon!”

It was quite a shock when Slim, a ninety-year-old man, married a woman of just fifty-five years.

People were talking and one of them decided to get some answers.

He asked Slim a series of probing questions.

Rufus asked, “Did you marry her because she’s pretty?”

Slim said, “No, truth is she’s not that pretty.”

Rufus persisted, “Did you marry her ’cause she’s rich?”

Slim denied she had any money to speak of.

Rufus speculated, “You must have married her because she’s a good cook.”

Slim admitted she really couldn’t cook very well.

Rufus was dumbfounded so he asked straight out, “Why in the world did you marry her then?”

Slim answered, “Because she can drive after dark.”

One senior adult recently made the following comment: “If you’re over sixty-five and wake up without something hurting—you’re dead.”

George Burns said, “By the time you’re eighty, you know everything, but the problem is you just can’t remember it.”

I suppose nobody ever did naturally like the idea of getting older.

I know I don’t; I turned 65 on March 2.

There is a sense of oppression and depression about it.

I look different; my hair is thinning, my muscles are soft, my waste continues to grow, the hair in my nose and ears grows profusely.

I think I am beginning to look more like my father looked in his old age.


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