I will satisfy him with a long life and show him My salvation. Psalm 91:16
A few weeks ago, I drove to Missouri for my mother’s 80th birthday celebration.
You don’t have to be long in my mother’s presence before you realized that at 80, God has satisfied her with a long life and satisfying life. This amazing woman, handicapped by a car accident, runs a center for homeless families, solely on donations. She refuses to be handicapped by her limited mobility and buzzes around on her scooter directing a myriad of people and activities. She squeezes more out of a day than most people do in a year.
After the weekend celebration, my drive home across the planes of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio and the mountains of West Virginia gave me time to reflect on the amazing habits of mind that keep my mom so young at heart.
Habit of Mind #1 – Seek out purpose
Purpose can be grand or small. The idea is to wake up every day looking forward to something. Something that gives you energy. Something that sends your heart soaring. Something that keeps you engaged and needed.
Habit of Mind #2 – Embrace a physically & mentally active lifestyle
My mom is of the mindset that if you want to do something – do it. Don’t use your age or lack of ability as an excuse to stay stuck in your rut. We are never too old to learn or try something new! Green and growing or ripe and rotting.
Habit of Mind #3 – Live a life of generosity
Generosity comes in many forms. We can be generous with our resources, our time, our kindness, and our forgiveness. I have found that no matter how generous we are, we can never out give God!
Habit of Mind #4 – Focus on your blessing instead of your struggles
These two proverbs say it all:
Proverbs 18:20 – From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is satisfied, he is filled with the product of his lips.
Proverbs 18:21 – Life and death are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Friends, One of the most important things I have learned from my mom is that – IT IS NEVER TOO LATE AND YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD. With God all things are possible.
My prayer for the upcoming year is, “God, empower me to live a life that will make You proud!”.