When we are young we are blissfully ignorant of how fast life goes. We look at our beautifully tight bodies, glowing skin then we glory in our perfection not even realizing it many times. At 18 years old, 30 seems far off and a bit gross, lol. I can remember a 30 year old guy trying to pick me up when I was 18 and I almost threw up! Now that’s not to say that there are not those few 18 year old girls who have the “daddy syndrome” and are attracted to 40 year old men, but that’s just not the norm. We usually like to date around our own age when we are young. Then everyone does their best to try to stay young. Why is our culture enticingly in love with youth? I believe I know why. It’s because getting older subconsciously reminds us of death and who wants to think about that?! As it should remind us of death because no matter how young we are this flesh is dying every day. Yes, from the moment you are born, you are dying. I know that sounds morbid, but it is the absolute truth.
I started thinking about this while on an airplane with a not so delightful view of some man’s bald spot, filled with lumps, surrounded by grey hair and purple-ish varicose veins. My, how unforgiving the flesh is. It is constantly dying all while exhibiting the illusion of youth. Just think, once upon a time he was looking young and hot! After all what is youth? Is it really that brief moment of exciting ignorance we experience from birth to 30 years old? Dear God I hope not! That season will be gone with the wind, never to be experienced again. Then our flesh will wither as we grow old if we are one of the blessed ones.
I believe youth is on the inside. It can be a sunny disposition or state of mind; although, it really is a revelation from God Almighty that we are spiritual beings trapped in this flesh only for a season. It is an inner assurance that never leaves us no matter how the flesh deteriorates, a truth given to us by God who warns us to put NO confidence in the flesh. His word warns us that this earth and flesh shall pass away, but His Word and our spirit in Him will live forever!
That is why it saddens me to see women way past the age of youthful flesh, exhibiting their skin through seductive garments, revealing more than should be seen. Do they know? Are they aware that the season has passed? I think not. They are sadly and desperately trying to hold onto something that has long gone and no matter how hard they try to recapture the glory of their 20’s and 30’s, it eludes them. They then turn to injections or plastic surgery to spend just a little more time in the dream. The self absorption and fear keeps them grasping for superficial straws of youthful appearance. They are not going down without a fight, refusing to pass the baton to the younger generation coming up behind them. It’s a sad sight in our culture today. Many have forgotten what it means to grow older gracefully, with style.
Now I’m not talking about a little tuck here and there or making sure you look fabulous. I’m talking about the conscious or subconscious war against the natural expiration date on our flesh that causes us to make unwise choices concerning our bodies and behavior. I’m talking about going out of your way to look like you are 25 when you are 45. Why are you still showing cleavage at 50 years old? Put those things away, they had their day. We must graduate to knowing we are beautiful within and be satisfied with that. It takes a confident mature and wise woman to know when that season has passed. How are you going to admonish a 25 year old if you’re still trying to be 25? As you see in the pic collage, we can be older and fabulous! It takes a secure woman to know her worth and leave the flaunting of the flesh to those trying to get attention. But You, oh woman of God, Rock Your Season with style and grace. Represent your King well.
3 the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— 4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.