Accepting Age

When we are young we often want to be older – after all there are so many things that adults can do that children can’t – there’s so much freedom. However when you’re an adult you just want to be a child again, no responsibilities, so much more energy. Is there a perfect age when we’re actually happy with the age we are?

As we continue to look at the equality act, the first characteristic that we’re going to explore is age. It is against the law to discriminate against someone because of their age – whether that is young or old. Our thought for the week comes from Satchel Paige who says ‘Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind it doesn’t matter’. Often age can be an issue for ourselves but what about other people?

When we were looking at equality generally we were considering the tapestry that is humanity – so many different people with so many characteristics and so many strengths. I have often found that I get on with people who are older than me, I’m not sure why but I think it has a lot to do with being able to draw on their wisdom and experience; but I also enjoy spending time with my nieces and nephews and friends children because it gives the excuse to play games, run around, play with lego.

We need to see the strengths of people of different ages, but also see the strengths in ourselves and our age as well – after all we can’t change it so we might as well accept and embrace it.

Challenge: how can you impact those who are older and younger than you?

Prayer: father God thank you for the strength and energy of the young and the wisdom of those who are older. Help us to see the strengths in each other and help where is needed Amen

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