That the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience.
Titus 2:2 NKJV
I’ve lived a full life; I love my wife, my children, grand-children and great-grand-children. Yet getting older has also brought its own set of challenges. I heard about this exercise program designed specifically for seniors, it’s called Silver Sneakers, and it is an exercise program for senior citizens 60 years and older.
Since I am now an octogenarian and can no longer do the exercises I once did, I chose to enroll in this activity at my local family fitness center. Triathlons, 5k runs, and competitive swimming which I once did now exceed my abilities. Silver Sneakers with its pushups against the wall, jumping jacks without leaving the floor, frequent water breaks, and exercises for a variety of muscles now best meets my needs.
Paul in Titus 2:2 gives special advice to older men. His emphasis is on the individual’s spiritual development rather than on physical achievement. I too find changing responsibilities in the local church as I get older. As my legs weaken and my response time increases, I cannot effectively supervise youth club games. Younger men take responsibilities in church government and other leadership positions. But I still can teach Adult Sunday school one quarter a year, listen to verses and prepare Bible Quiz questions for a youth club, and serve on the church mission committee. But most importantly I can through daily Bible reading and prayer continue to grow spiritually.
As aging progresses, activities are new.
Changes take place and athletics are few.
I will slow down in body and mind.
But spiritual strength continue to find.
As physical activity winds down, spiritual growth must continue.
In what physical and spiritual exercises are you engaging now?