“But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.” –Proverbs 4:18
Looking at a picture of the great scholar Bertrand Russell in his later years made me feel sad. Although his face reflected courage, it was grim and showed no sign of joy or hope.
He was born into a Christian home and taught to believe in God, but he rejected his training and became an outspoken atheist. His daughter, Katherine Tait, said of him, ”Somewhere at the bottom of his heart, in the depths of his soul, there was and empty space that once had been filled with God, and he never found anything else to put in it.”
A picture of my friend, Milford, taken around his 80th birthday, presents a striking contrast. It reflects a youthful and beautiful serenity born of a deep faith in God that has been nurtured for many years. As a man now in his eighties, he still plays pranks and jokes with us. Each time I talk with him, I get the sense of a peace and contentment in him that refreshes my life.
Milford is an illustration of Proverbs 4:18. He is not sour, bitter or cantankerous. He is sweet, joyous and pliable in his “old age.” I am so grateful that by God’s grace I have placed my trust in Christ and walk the same path.
On what path are you walking? Your choice will make all the difference in the world—not only in your appearance as you grow older, but also where you will spend eternity!