Saturday, April 07, 2007

AGING YOUNGER

As someone well past her 20s, it was a surprise to stumble across an article online today regarding aging younger. These folks aren’t actually aging younger; they just want to hold back the hands of time at a younger age to retain their “looks.”

Why would any woman seek Botox injections at age 21 to try to prevent wrinkles from forming? Has this self-centered society driven women crazy, or has the desire for the approval of the opposite sex driven young women to fear the effects of aging more than the possible side effects of toxins, chemicals or surgery?

I suppose the lack of respect people exhibit toward the natural, God-mandated process of aging marches in step with society’s view of life in general. God did not create us to be vain, living for esthetics rather than building character.

Have you ever heard someone stand at a funeral and eulogize the recently departed? The deceased might have been a philanthropist, a community volunteer, an advocate of the handicapped, a leader of industry, a parent, grandparent, an animal rescuer, a race car driver, a horse trainer, a fireman, policeman, social worker, secretary, accountant - I have heard many words of praise for the dead, but never have I heard anyone eulogized as “she was beautifully young and unwrinkled to the end.”

You can not change society’s view on aging or beauty, but you can change your own, if you have been caught up in the hype of youth and beauty forever and ever.

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Ecclesiastes 12:7.

This applies to the wrinkled and white-haired, the wrinkled and dyed-haired, the ones with beautiful internal character, and those with artificial/superficial outer beauty.

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