The Armor for Old Age

timeSeven years ago, on August 9, 2011, we offered a post “The Time Is Always Ripe to Do Right.”  While it centered on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” I was thinking about the introductory paragraphs this week….

Time can be our ally, or time can be our fiercest enemy.  Has anyone ever said to you, “Time heals all wounds?”  Many attribute those words to the ancient Greek dramatist Menander.

Country award-winning vocalist Clint Black includes a litany of classic ‘time statements’ in his memorable 2004 song “Spend My Time:”

  • “Seems I made good time.”
  • “I’m gonna spend my time like it’s going out of style.”
  • “No matter how much time I buy, I can never spend it all.”
  • “We’re always running out of time.”
  • “I’m always losing mine.”
  • “There’s not enough of it about.”
  • “Though it’s always here, it will always come and go.”
  • “The days become the years that’ll be gone before you know.”
  • “I’ll only use what’s mine.  I’ve been saving for a while.”

These phrases sound familiar, and if we reflect on them, we can draw on a memory that exemplifies each.  Time is free.  While an attorney, a plumber, a psychologist and a mechanic may charge you by the hour for his or her services, God extracts nothing from you for the time he gives you every morning you rise with air in your lungs.  He only asks that you use it wisely.

A statement by the great Roman statesman Cicero – assassinated in 43 B.C. – brought ‘use of time’ to mind.  Cicero said,

“The best armor of old age is a well spent life.”

Clarence and Me

Seems that the older I get, the more I reflect on life.  They say a person should ‘live in the present’ because we can’t change the past and have no control over the future.  While that is true, I think reflection is a good thing.

My life gets better just about every day.

I have undoubtedly and admittedly made mistakes in my life, but upon reflection, it has been a life well-spent with few regrets.

I think it is never too late [or too early!] to make a good investment of the time we are blessed with.  Don’t let ‘would beens, coulda beens, shoulda beens’ hold you back.  You have plenty of time to build your suit of armor for old age!

The Return of the Crusader, 1835 (oil on canvas) by Lessing, Carl Friedrich (1808-80)

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One Response to The Armor for Old Age

  1. Randy Leavitt says:

    The Bible readings for this week speak exactly to your point. Ephesians 5:15-20: “Brothers and sisters: Watch carefully how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise, making the most of the opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.”

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