Most all of us can think of someone who has aged gracefully and leaves a wake of amazement following their accomplishments. Seniors volunteer, serve in the community, and help family and neighbors. Seniors are a source of wisdom galore. They are a blessing and encouragement to our environment. They always have been when we think about it.

For example, we read in the Bible about Moses, who at the age of 80-years led the Children of Israel out of Egypt. His cohort was Aaron, 83-years old.

Along with Aaron, Moses lead the Children into a wilderness where they lived for 40 years. It was a time of spontaneity. A time for spiritual growth out of beliefs that previously kept them in bondage in Egypt.

It wasn’t easy. It required leaving behind hard earned things. It required downsizing to what they could carry. It required trusting the unseen, the promised land. It required expectation and acceptance of a new consciousness. A consciousness ready and willing to live a new life in a new place.

During those forty years, Moses himself explored how to age with nobility. His patience was tested multiple times when the Children doubted and turned against him. Moses had to nurture his confidence in morality, justice, and kindness. He had to lead rather than let the younger guys take over.

Near the end, Moses himself doubted God and wondered if all the promised land talk was a bunch of hullabaloo. It wasn’t. But by then Moses probably knew the promised land was spiritual consciousness. Moses never did enter the promised land on earth, but his model for aging is remarkable. We can read in Deuteronomy, “Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated.” (English Standard Version)

Aging with spirituality is different from today’s youth-obsessed culture that all too quickly goes under the knife or receives injections of Botox. Before making decisions related to aging, we can stop and carefully analyze our intents and decisions by tapping into our spirituality that shows us our true worth. It’s our wisdom, our sharing and caring.

The new model of aging reduces our fear of getting older, like fine cheese, we can get better with age.

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