Autumn Leaves and Elderly People How will you be when you get old?
Autumn Leaves and Elderly People• Good morning!• Will you ever grow old?• Yes, you will, if your wish comes true.• For nobody wishes to die young.• That means we want to grow old, doesnt it?
Autumn Leaves and Elderly People• I know that growing old, stiff, gray-haired, and feeble is the least of your ambitions.• But more and more people are growing old, and more and more people are actually having a good time as older people, believe it or not.
Autumn Leaves and Elderly People• Id like to pass on to you the secret of being loved, respected, and happy after sixty-five.• No, you havent much interest now in the subject.• I dont blame you, for I dont have too much either.• I tell myself its a long way off but its only 4 years away.
Autumn Leaves and Elderly People• So, dont worry about growing old.• That happens automatically, without any effort on your part.• But just take this bit of information Im about to give you, tuck it in the back of your mind, and keep it safe.
Autumn Leaves and Elderly People• The secret is this: The • If youre kind, generous, kind of person you are of service to others, now is very likely the charitable, brave, and kind of person you will honest now and during be when, youre old. the next few years, then• Sounds complicated, I youll be a very lovable know. person when youre• But its true, just the sixty-five. same.
Autumn Leaves and Elderly People• In a way, people are like autumn leaves.• Each fall, green leaves turn into their various lovely colors.• Scientists are puzzled as to why one turns brown, another red, another yellow, and so on.• But they think they turn these colors because of the different chemical content in each leaf.
Autumn Leaves and Elderly People• For example, the maple is about our most beautiful fall tree.• Its brightest colors are red and yellow.• The maple leaf has a high sugar content—filled with sweetness, you might say.• If your life is filled with sweetness—with the kind of thoughts, acts, and motives youd be proud of, then your autumn years, the last ones in your life, will be beautiful.
Autumn Leaves and Elderly People• On the other hand, I notice that individuals whore unkind, stingy, and mean during their youth and adult lives are cranky old people— the kind you have to leave alone.• These people have thought, all their lives, just about themselves.
Autumn Leaves and Elderly People• I know a man who • I also know a woman bawls his wife out if who likes to bake supper isnt ready cookies and goodies for exactly at six oclock. children.• Howd you like to live • I can predict that shell with him when hes make a lovely old lady. seventy years old and meaner than ever?• What a grumpy old character hes going to be!
Autumn Leaves and Elderly People• Right now, today, • Do you want to be loved, tomorrow, this week, this respected, and liked when year youre determining you are old? what kind of old person • Nows the time to start! youll be.• Just as the tree stores up in its leaves the chemicals that give it an ugly or lovely color in the fall, so youre storing up the kind of life that will be ugly or beautiful years and years from now.
Autumn Leaves and Elderly People• John17:15-19• I pray not that thou should take them out of the world, but that thou should keep them from the evil.• They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.• Sanctify them through thy truth (Bible): thy word is truth.• As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them (disciples = you and I) into the world.• And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
Autumn Leaves and Elderly People• Prayer: Dear Lord help us to sanctify our lives and be better people now, so that we are good people and sanctified when we are old.• Amen.