HOW TO GROW PHYSICALLY & SPIRITUALLY STRONG IN OLD AGE

                                   An Old Man

Before you grew to an old age you were young, and whilst young you probably forgot your Creator.

‘’Remember your Creator in the days of your youth before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, I find no pleasure in them’. –Ecclesiastes 12: 1.
The days of trouble refer to the days of your old age when you will not have the same strength of your youthful days. You will be in trouble because you can neither move nor do things on your own.

In one of my previous posts I postulated that if you are 60 years and above and do not have a good religion, or do not know God it follows that you have no hope. You just came to wander in this wide and wild wilderness without any hope of finding a shade or salvation or restitution. You are just like chaff blown around by the wind.

Myanmar, Shan State, Near Heho, peasant women harvest wheat separating the chaff from the straw.

If you are getting to old age certain factors shall account for your good health and longevity. Some of them are listed below.

Good diet.
This undoubtedly is the most important factor to keep you living longer. You must know the right kinds of food that is good for your age because you may not need the same type of food as 18year-olds and may need to abstain from fatty and salty foods.

Mild exercise.
Even if you are old you need some mild exercise like walking and stretching for a few minutes daily. Exercise is good to keep your heart in good condition.

Green environment.
You do not have to remain in the noisy city all your life. You need some serene atmosphere to give you some peace at this time of your life. Hope you read my previous article.

• Regular Health Check
It is necessary to have your health status checked regularly so that any anomalies can be detected in good time to take preventive measures.

Stress-free Life
This is another important factor in the lives of older persons. Stress leads to hypertension which is a high risk killer of aged people. Where possible you should as much as possible lead a life free from stress. This involves having some money on you to take care of personal nitty-gritty without always having to depend on your children and other family members for support.

USUALLY FORGOTTEN FACTOR
All the above factors and are essential for your physical well-being as an aged person, but the usually forgotten factor is the spiritual factor. It is very important to be aware of the spiritual factor which is your personal experience with the God of creation.
It is about how you view your purpose on this earth and how you go about achieving that purpose via your contact with a greater being.

You might  be a man who never prayed to God for anything because you have more than enough of material things for your existence. If it so, you may lack the spiritual connection, and there is no link between you and God. But it will be sad for you to be content with only the material gains of this world and loose the spiritual one which is more important.

                       A Wealthy man

The Apostle Paul spoke of God’s secret wisdom when God revealed to them by His Spirit and it is written,
‘’no eye has seen, no ear heard, no mind conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.’’ – 1 Corinthians 2: 9

NEGATIVE FORMS
There are negative forms of spirituality which are based on devil worship as opposed to divine worship.
It marveled me when I first read that there are human beings on this earth who worship Satan the way Christians worship Jehovah. I was doing a research on a topic related to Spiritual worship when I read this. That could also be called divine worship since they worship a being greater than themselves.

                                            Devil Worship

You may be a voodoo man or a magician or something else and be ranked high in the negative realms of spirituality.
In this context here, we are referring to divinity of God the Creator.

As stated above if you are above 60 years and are non-spiritual you lose the spiritual aspect of strength for your survival. You cannot wean yourself from God ‘’who took you out from your mother’s womb’’ and made you who you are, whether rich or poor, young or old. – Psalm 71: 6.

You need God’s protection, strength and wisdom at this time than you have ever needed in all your life. The psalmist was aware of this when he prayed to God and said ‘’Do not cast me off in time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength fails.’’

                                                    Protection Shield

This is the time your strength will actually fail you. You will not have the same strength to do the strenuous things you were doing and still wish to do. Your strength shall sap and be making constant attempts to leave you for good, making you feel weaker and weaker. You have to draw nearer to God to give you both physical and spiritual strength.

By having spiritual strength you will be able to discern things in spirit and be able to advise your children, grandchildren and others of the younger generation about how to lead their lives in more meaningful ways. At least that is what is expected of you in old age.

‘’Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, do not forsake me until I declare your strength to this generation.’’ Psalm 71: 18

                                                Old and gray headed

What do you make of this prayer? Shall it be relevant to you too or are mere words in the Bible? It sincerely means if you desert God He can forsake you in your old age.

The Lord can forsake you if you forsake Him or do things contrary to His will. When Saul, King of Israel violated the Lord’s command, Samuel, a prophet of the Lord told him ‘’you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you as King over Israel.’’- 1 Samuel 15:26
The Lord remains the same always. What He did yesterday, He can do the same thing today and tomorrow.

To conclude this short post I like to quote a scripture passage from the New International version of the New Testament. It may give you something to think about.

‘’Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
The mind of sinful man is death but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. – Romans 8: 5-8.

If the spirit of unbelief resides in you, you will not regard the Words of God quoted in this post because they will be foolishness to your unbelieving heart. His word has already stated that.

I pray that whoever reads this post gets wiser and spiritually and physically stronger as he/she grows older.

Thank you and stay blessed!

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Ebenezer Awuah

Ebenezer Awuah is a Diploma holder in Business Management and Administration from the Institute of Commercial Management [ICM] of UK. A former banker, now working as Administrator for Progressive Transport Owners Association [PROTOA-Ghana]. Formerly writing for P&P and Top Story, social newspapers in Ghana.