By Barbara Lighthizer
Today's Scripture: Titus 2:1-2
Central Thought: A person does not become too old to show the love of Christ to others.
Paul instructed Titus to teach the different age groups how to conduct their lives as followers of Christ. These guidelines are as applicable today as they were at the time of the early church.
Caring for an elderly parent for many years and being around seniors in various stages of aging has allowed me to see the effect of having Christ as the center of your life. Those who have known the Lord for years have a much sweeter attitude and are an inspiration to those around them. They seldom complain, look for good in situations, and are thankful for small courtesies. The Holy Spirit's work in their lives doesn't end because they are unable to do for themselves.
Positive attitudes don't come overnight but are developed through years of walking with Christ and submitting to the changes that the passing of time demands. No one enjoys getting old, but it's a fact of life. Let us conduct ourselves as the Lord instructs, so we will be able to show the love of God, even in the difficult years of aging.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me to age gracefully and gratefully. Most of all help me to let Your love flow through me to those about me regardless of my age.
Today's Bible Reading: Jeremiah 51:1-53; Titus 2:1-15; Psalm 99:1-9; Proverbs 26:17