American culture values youth. From wrinkle creams, to Botox, to plastic surgery and magazine covers, you can tell our society places a high value on keeping that “youthful glow” that everyone talks about.
What irritates me is that people are so focused on looking younger that they forget that being older isn’t a curse, but a blessing! How many people can say they’ve lived 60, 70, 80 years of life and have experience and knowledge to pass onto others who have yet to travel down those roads? Our culture is missing the most important piece of the puzzle- the older generation. They’re the ones we should be looking up to.
- “Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would your own father.” –1 Timothy 5:1
- “Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life.” –Proverbs 16:31
Let’s not devalue the elderly because they don’t fit the stereotype for the “ideal citizen.” Let’s recognize their strengths and learn from their lives. Most importantly, let’s appreciate the contributions they have made to society and continue to make.
Who knows if that smile of yours could brighten up their lonely day. Or maybe God’s calling you to spend some time with that neighbor across the street. What if you gave an elderly individual the time of day to really have a conversation with you, instead of simply exchanging cordial greetings?
It’s time for a little more respect, wouldn’t you agree?