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IBC Women’s Blog

IBC Women’s Blog

Aging also Means Living by: Jodie Montgomery

This week, I get to add another year to what I tell people when they ask me how old I am. However, that really doesn’t impact much as I am getting to an age where people hesitate to ask you how old you are as you are obviously over 21. I like each additional year. I am celebrating big.

If I have learned anything in life it is that death is real and each day older, every breath I take, is another opportunity to walk by faith just a little bit more. This is a privilege as it is the purpose God gives His children until we meet our Father face to face. I get to show Him my love by believing. He is life: purposeful life on this earth, promised life post this earth, and permanent life on redeemed earth. I’m celebrating big.

I’m thinking that the opposite of living isn’t the act of dying (a temporary feat) but rather existing without passion-apathy. I talk a lot about emotions with women (go figure)… frustrations, depression, grief, lack of passion, obsession, anger, regret… I’m thankful for the emotions. They help us know ourselves and others better. We should be intense about life. It is a gift from God. I’m celebrating big.

Some women wonder if it is best, or even possible, to turn off emotions as if emotions keep us from doing what is good. Other belief systems promote “nirvana”, existing, numbness, egolessness. Christianity exhorts self-control. There is a big difference between self-control and emotionlessness. Lots of people have methods for enhancing numbness. That is dumbness (my opinion). Emotions aren’t the enemy. Emotions are expressions of our heart. They help us communicate. When our emotions are out of hand, it is a heart issue. We need to transform our minds to His truth. Joyful living is directly related to being wholeheartedly His. Purifying our hearts cleanses our emotions and leads to maturity in our circumstances. Beware of apathy or numbness, this denies life. Enjoy being created in His image, emotionally relational. Give life to living. His will is that we are thankful and loving. These things are expressed. I’m celebrating big.

A reminder, self-control begins with a consideration of your neighbor, loving another more than yourself. It isn’t nice to scare others or ignore their feelings in our exuberance. Self-control is grounded in a heart of love. (Have the political discussion, but do so kindly.) We should be learning what it means to think of others as we age. We can live and share life. I am celebrating big.

Thank you God for life.

2 Corinthians 5:13-15 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.