The average age of the population of the United States is getting older every day. I sometimes wonder just what determines when you are old. Of course, every person is an individual and each has his or her own approach to every situation. But sometimes I wonder if our society does not hasten the idea that we are getting older. Let me share a few reasons why I think this. Then you tell me your thoughts.
I do not know if you have noticed but retirement is “pushed” almost from the time that one is in high school and definitely in college if one goes to college. Before you even get a career you are being aimed in the direction of retirement. You are told you should get certain degrees so that you can get a job in a certain field because they have good retirement benefits.
I am convinced that this idea of planning for retirement from the beginning of one’s chosen area of work is a contributor of hastening the onset of old age. One of the reasons for this is that it never allows you to enjoy the present. How many people do you know that are having a good time right now, no matter what they are doing? I know of very few.
Another area which ages people fast is the area of health benefits. I know of people who take a job that they literally hate just so they can have great health benefits. They do not take into account the fact that the turmoil and stress that they will experience will cause them to have to exercise the health benefit not because they have good health but because their health will suffer from all the stress that they will have to endure because they hate the job.
Because you have great health benefits does not guarantee you good health. In the long run it would be better to take a job that you really enjoy, even though the health benefits may not be so great, than to take one you hate doing that has better health benefits. The aim should be to remain healthy so that you never have to use those health benefits. But seldom do I hear people take that approach.
Bad health issues can bring on old age at an early time in one’s life. Health benefits are not good health. They are the results of bad health. It is better to never have health benefits and have great health than to have all the health benefits and never be healthy.
Higher standard of living
Pursuing a higher standard of living seems to be the American dream. It is a pursuit that very few people ever consider the price of. I have known people in my life who were so consumed with achieving a higher standard of living that nothing else really mattered. Family became secondary, even though they claimed that the family was the reason they were pursuing a higher standard.
In my own experience, in my first marriage, my wife’s father was a man driven to succeed. He only had a fourth grade education and was a self-taught man. He was a hard worker and built a successful building business. But he was so consumed with building that business that he never got to know his daughter or son the way that a father should. Sure he gave them every material thing they needed and much more. But he never gave himself in spending time with them. He worked seven days a week for many years.
The only problem was that by the time he was fifty years old he was an old man. His body was worn out. He developed liver disease and died at the age of 52. He had made enough money so that he had great health benefits but those benefits did not keep him from dying. Too late, he found out the fallacy of great health benefits. They can make you old faster than you think.
Probably the thing that makes people old is this one thing. They think old. I have a brother and some cousins and friends who have been old all their life. They began their adult life looking forward to retirement. It was if life would begin for them after they retired from whatever they were going to do for work.
You can see this mentality in advertisements for people growing their 401Ks or investing in this portfolio or that commodity. As mentioned above, the focus is not on the present but always on the future. An important point to remember is that the future never arrives. Human beings have to live in the present.
If you can not enjoy where you are now, you will never enjoy your life. That does not mean that you should not have goals and aspirations, but you must not miss out on the good that is in the present. There is very little reason for a person in the United States to not be able to stop and be thankful for something every day they are alive.
You might say that people on poverty do not have something to be thankful for, but you would be wrong. People in poverty in the United States would be considered rich in some third world countries. A thankful person in the present has great potential for the future. Focusing on working in the present brings great blessings in the future which will become the present.
Results of getting old
If your goal is to retire and have benefits, then you will probably be very disappointed. If you have an old mentality then you hasten that disappointment. You see, because we are human beings, when we get old we do not have the faculties to really enjoy this physical life. The results of getting old is that you get closer to the day that you will die.
To die, means that “the real you” will be separated from this old body. You can not escape that reality.
Now, if you have done everything that they say you must do and have made a lot of money and a great name for yourself, that will not keep you alive in the final analysis.
Are you ready for this?
When you come to this time, will you be ready? You see, you will no longer be retired. Contrary to what you may have been told, your life does not end when this body ceases to function. Every person who has ever lived or will live will continue to live on into eternity. Evolutionists would try to convince you that you cease to exist and all becomes nothingness. I would not want you to enter eternity thinking that. If you do, you will be terrified at what you find.
You see, you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by your Creator. The God of all creation created you and loved you so much that He stamped His image in you. We all begin our lives on this earth with that image marred because of what our ancestor Adam did when he rebelled against our Creator. But, because He is a loving Creator, He paid the price for that rebellion by sending His “only-begotten Son, Jesus” to pay the price for our rebellion.
To receive that eternal life will cost you your life. I do not know about you, but when I saw my life in relation to the life that Jesus would give me in exchange, I could not turn Him down. There is no comparison with the life I gave up to the life that He gave me. Because of that life I will live eternally with my Creator in heavenly bliss beyond my highest dream.
You too can have this gift just by giving up your struggling existence and receiving His gift of eternal life with Him. He will not force it on you. It is yours to freely receive or to reject.
I must tell you that there are consequences if you reject His offer of life eternal. It is not oblivion. It is an eternity of pain and agony which never ends. Have you ever considered “eternity”? Do not think that God will send you there. He wants you to spend eternity with Him. But our rebellious sinful life would not and could not endure the glory of His eternal presence, so there is only one other place to go. That place was prepared for the devil and his demons, not for human beings. But it is the only other place there will be.
The Bible says that “today is the day of salvation”. Let this be your day that you cease to grow old and enter into the Kingdom of God and live for eternity with Him.
God bless you!