Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint» (Isaiah 40:30, 31).
DO YOU THINK this is an absurd question? I understand it reads strange, for the logical thing to say is that whoever is young has youth, and vice versa. However, I like to think that there’s a remarkable difference between these two ways of expressing it.
The United Nations defines youth as the stage that begins at the age of fifteen and lasts until twenty-five years of age. We can infer with certainty, based on this, that youth is a chronological concept, measured in time and years, that it has a beginning and an end. Those who leave this age range leave youth behind forever to enter into maturity without return. This has to do with «being youthful,» and relates to the irreversible cycle of life.
«Being young,» however, has to do with the personal essence. Its one’s personal attitude, as well as the attitude we show in front of others. Young is the one who, though he or she may not be any longer in their youth, still dreams, makes plans, has projects, learns, and teaches. It’s the one who finds a way to enjoy the simple things of life, gets excited to live despite the circumstances that might come with age.
If youth has already left your time calendar, try to stay young. Don’t count your life as an accumulation of the years you have. Remember that God’s daughters transcend time. The Lord has promised us eternal life. Life with God is a challenge, and He can also turn it into an exciting adventure. What you have now in abundance isn’t only years; you also have a cluster of experiences that no one has in their youth.
Dear friend who may already be combing gray hairs on your head, become a «teacher of good.» Teach the best lessons of your life; don’t be ashamed of your mistakes. Teach how obstacles have helped your Christian growth and development. Perhaps today someone calls you «old» if so, don’t dodge it. Old age is the diploma that God has given you in recognition of your tenacity, effort and courage. Being old isn’t a loss. «What’s lost is your youth, not «being young.»
Praise God for the years He has allowed you to live!