In case you haven’t noticed, America is getting older. Some experts call these days the “Silver Tsunami”—there’s a tidal wave of folks “over the hill.” Each day thousands of men and women reach 65. Many of them will live to be 100.
And with this comes growing concern over some key issues. I hear it when I talk with family, friends and especially patients:
- What happens if I become frail and demented? Who will take care of me?
- Will I have enough money to retire? Or do I need to work forever?
- How am I to handle raising kids AND caring for elderly parents?
Of course, such concerns are valid. But they—along with the more mundane age-related issues like weight gain, spider veins and hair loss—can plant seeds of fear. Those seeds bear the fruit of anxiety. So rather than having fresh hope with each day, we’ll struggle with worry, uncertainty and stress.
Is worrying about the future God’s plan for us? Absolutely not! The Bible says, “Be anxious for nothing…” (Philippians 4:3). No situation should overtake us with fear. Not health, not money, not relationships. Of course, we ought to plan for the days to come, and expect the unexpected. But we do this resting in the knowledge that God’s promises never fail. No matter how old we get, we’ll always be His children.
Trade in your fears for a peace that passes understanding. Switch worry with wisdom and strength. Rest on the promises of God. His Word is true in all phases of life, even life after 40.