A list of the perk of being over fifty has been making the rounds. Here are a few of them:

1. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.
2. No one expects you to run — anywhere.
3. People call at 9 pm and ask, “Did I wake you?”
4. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
5. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
6. You sing along with elevator music.
7. Your eyes won’t get much worse.
8.Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.
9. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.

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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.


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A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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Many people fear getting older, but the longer you live the more you are in a position to develop wisdom. Here are some observations and bits of advice concerning getting older:

1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) You’re getting old when if you fall down you wonder what else you can do while you’re down there.
4) You’re getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It’s frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.

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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.


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In
the book, The Twentieth Century, the authors record several great quotations about
ageing. Ogden Nash once said, “Middle age is when you’ve met so many people
that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else.” Harvey Allen
said, “The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty…No,
the young are slaves to dreams; the old servants to regrets.”

 

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J.
Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati,
OH.


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Everyone
was excited to see life emerge from under the ruins of the recent devastating
earthquake in Iran. In light of the horror, every rescue is celebrated. Particularly
heartwarming is the story of one survivor, Sharbanou Mazandrani. It is remarkable
that she survived for nine days in the rubble of the town of Bam. What is even
more remarkable is that she is 97 years old. Though elderly, she found some
way to survive. No one is sure where she could have found food or water. She
survived with her feistiness intact. When served a cup of tea right after the
rescue, she was able to complain it was too hot.

 

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J.
Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati,
OH.


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A 102-year-old
woman was asked what she liked best about her age. She answered: “No peer
pressure.”


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A young preacher and an older preacher go to breakfast with an 89-year-old long-time member. The young whippersnapper finally says “89? Wow. I don’t know if I want to live to be 89!”

The old man immediately replied with great wisdom: “You will when you’re 88.”

(from Mark Roberts)

 


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Two Senior Citizens were out for their usual morning walk. They passed a
funeral home. One said, “Let’s just go in and give ourselves up.”

There’s nothing like a bit of humor to counter the pessimism that sometimes
comes with age. And it doesn’t take much observation to see that the people who
don’t give up and don’t give in are happier and healthier and live longer.


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Kant wrote his famous philosophical work at the age of seventy-four. Verdi
wrote Ave Maria at the age of eighty-five. At the age of eighty Tennyson wrote
Crossing The Bar, Goethe finished Faust, and Moses started on the Exodus. When
Michelangelo died at the age of eighty-seven he was still supervising the
construction of St. Peter’s Cathedral and carving another Pieta. It makes one
think of Psalm 92:14: “They will bear fruit in old age, they will stay
fresh and green.”


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