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.