Today, I enter my late forties. I’m good with this. Never having been one of those people who will celebrate the “anniversary of her 29th birthday,” I am content to carry my age with me. The gray hair? I’ve totally earned it. 🙂
The book of Proverbs says this:
Gray hair is a crown of splendor;
it is attained in the way of righteousness. – Proverbs 16:31
Now, I know I am only human and haven’t always walked as I should have, pertaining to righteousness. I’ve blown it in big ways and small over the decades. The gray hair on my head is a tribute as much to genetics as to anything else, I’m sure.
Still, I laugh at it; sending pictures to my mother that make me look like a storybook grandmother with glasses halfway down my nose and the grays highlighted by light through the window. It amuses me.
I’m classified with the Older Women of Titus 2:
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
It’s cool, to me. As a firstborn daughter, I was always the one expected to be the example to those younger than I. If I am serving as such to someone, somewhere, then I am grateful.
I would like to think that the years have lent me perspective, so that I can see the humor in a situation when it’s needed and be able to provide another point of view when there is conflict or confusion. Not because I’m all that and a bag of chips, but because it’s the privilege of everyone who can be of service to someone else to do so, I think. The experiences we have had in life should serve to help others. It’s one way that God can bring good out of even the most horrible of times.
So here I sit, finishing a really good cup of coffee this morning as I turn the big 4-7. 😉 My life is nothing at all like I thought it would be thirty years ago, nor twenty years ago. And you know what? This makes me very happy. 🙂