Why "Old" Is Good for the Family

What's wrong with being "old?" I was called "old" a few weeks ago because I am pushing 40. I have an "old" car because it has over 100,000 miles on it. And my iPhone is "old" because it's a 4s (there may be some truth to this one).

We don't generally think of "old" as being good, unless we are talking about an antique piece of furniture or a vintage car. For many, "old" is less than desirable, used to describe something that is inferior to newer, better, brighter, and stronger. The message is clear: new is good and "old" is bad.

But in God's eyes, old is good – especially in reference to godly men and women.

In the Bible, the old are described as wise (Job 12:12) and worthy of honor (Leviticus 19:32, Titus 2:2-3). For those who are righteous, gray hair is like a "crown of splendor" (Proverbs 16:31). They are men and women who are honorable because of their holiness. Their lives are examples not because of their perfection, but because of their perseverance in faith (Hebrews 11). The Apostle Paul wrote to young Timothy to remind him that older men and women are to be treated with the same respect as a father or mother (1 Timothy 5:1-2).

In God's eyes, old is not bad. The old are not "past their prime" but are to be ever more purposeful with their time.

[Read the rest of the article at For the Family.]