“Wrinkles mean you laughed, grey hair means you cared, and scars mean you lived!”
Using the “e” in gray would seem to indicate it came from Great Britain, but that’s not the point.
Wrinkles, gray hair and scars together on one body generally point to one thing—old. Old is a state no one wants to reach. It’s a condition everyone attempts to put off.
The older we get, the less we like to speak of it. The old (pardon me)… The timeworn adage tells us we should never ask a woman her age. A lot of guys feel that way as well.
Wrinkles can be a good excuse!
I have to tell you, I’m enjoying my old age. Aside from the aches and pains, I like being old. “ I’m too old” is a pretty good excuse for avoiding lots of things.
One thing it’s not good for avoiding is leadership in the Body of Christ. The Bible is really clear about being an elder and a leader. Young leaders in the Bible are definitely the exception.
Timothy is one of the more notable exceptions. You might remember Paul telling him not to allow anyone to look down on him because of his youth (1 Timothy 4:12). For the most part, however, people were revered because of their age and wisdom.
That sure seems to have gone by the boards lately.
Everything is geared toward the young (but I’m sure I’m not telling you anything new there). I don’t mind that so much, but I think we’re missing the boat in the church when we do that. We’ve got a bit too much to lose when we overlook the elders.
The world likes to create new styles and try them out. They try them out on the young, not us. That’s smart because we old geezers aren’t all that crazy about any change—particularly when it means spending money. But that, my friends, is one of our strong suits.
Wrinkles can equal wisdom.
Any change that’s going to occur with us is going to take awhile. We’re going to have to test it out. We’re going to have to examine it. We’re going to have to make sure it’s heading in the right direction and line up with the will of God.
That’s why (Biblically speaking) we’re the ones the Lord points to when someone’s looking for answers. We’ve got the experience to lean on. We amassed a lot of wisdom over the years (collectively at least). We’re bound and determined to do something right if we’re going to do it at all…particularly when it affects the Kingdom of God and how it functions within the church.
So the next time someone calls you old, thank him or her. Then ask them how you can help. If they’re smart, they’ll take you up on it. And if you’re smart, you’ll follow through…wrinkles and all.