Monday, March 18, 2013

Aging gracefully...the year of living dangerously

The year of living dangerously


This year I turn 60.

I can't explain how my insides can feel like I am maybe in my early 20's.
And my outside says "nuh, uh."

I would LOVE to come here and brag about all the wonderful things I have accomplished in my 60 years on this earth.

But...I haven't done all that much to brag about.

Instead, I want to tell ya what I WANT to yet accomplish with the time I have left on this earth.

I have narrowed it down to just two things.

Love Jesus (more)
Love people (more)

That's it.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; BUT THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE.


Loving Jesus,
Loving people,

Cindy

ps...there might not be anything "graceful" about this whole aging thing for me...know what I mean?


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24 comments:

linda eller said...

Speaking from someone who 'was' 60 and is now 71, life goes on and even tho we feel young on the inside, our outsides aren't so young. I LOVE what you want to do with the rest of your life - you have it right for sure.

A Big Bowl Of Cherries said...

Well, I can brag on you! You have taught me by example all about exploring life, loving, sharing, dreaming, trusting God, having fun and being joyful even when it seems like hope is about to run out. You have loved, inspired HOUSED and encouraged me in some of my darkest days. YOU are amazing and I love you like a sister, mom, dearest friend...So thankful that God placed you in my life. So is my family.

Dog Trot Farm said...

Good evening Cyn, I think you wear your age well, you look fantastic! I am not far behind you (55) and still feel young, but when I look at my hands...well...I'm sure you understand. I guess I'll have to remain young at heart! Greetings from Maine, Julie.

Dawn said...

Amen, Sistah!
From another 60yo,
D xo

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Pam said...

The greatest thing IS love!! I hope I look as good as you do when I am sixty!

Sandra said...

If only I had learned what was truly important when I was 20. I too want to love Jesus and people more, to be kind, tender hearted and stand true for my Lord.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

I like to think I fall gracefully, does that count? snort!
Tomorrow is my love post...what's going on with us?
Next month is my 60th and the evil one would have me focus on the bad I've done; Christ bids me focus on Him and that's what I try to do.
I dearly love that picture of you; you're a beautiful woman, Cindy...a woman after God's own heart.

Camille said...

I think you look amazingly beautiful my friend! I think you are aging perfectly. And, yes...Loving the LORD and Loving People is a very good thing to do. Interesting how the two very often go hand in hand. May the LORD bless you with MANY more years, Cindy.

With love,
Camille

Sue said...

Okay, Cyn, you have got to share your skin care secrets, I love this close-up and your skin is beautiful! Like you I am very young inside and have made plans to stay that way, now if I can convince my outside, then I think I have it made.~smile~ my mom is 85 yrs, young, works at a consignment shop 4 days a week and feels as we do, she tells me so often that she is never going to grow up!. Loving Jesus, and people can only cause us all to age gracefully,Maybe this is your secret! thanks for the encouragement.
Hugs,
Sue

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katiez said...

When my aunt was in her 90's she commented that she could not understand how she could be so old when she still felt like she was in her 30's. I hope we all feel the same.

KathyB. said...

I am right behind you as far as years of age go, and I also don't feel I am almost 6 decades old, but know it to be true. I have thought along th4e same lines. I like the way you summed it up, and really, the two things you mentioned are the only worthy things to strive for.

Amen Sister !

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Susan said...

Cyn, you look beautiful!!!
We share the same heart sister.....
mayby it is because Jesus lives in there.

Donna said...

I'm ahead of you by only one year. There's no graceful to it, this aging business. I adore your goals. Give yourself a whole lot of credit for figuring out the two main things to accomplish. Everything else is just background noise.

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