Moody Adams Old age is helping me defeat my biggest enemy.
When I was young, I played ball, got dates and was most important in my own wind. If I ever heard the Bible verse Proverbs 16:18: “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall,” I was certain it did not apply to me.
In my vain young world, Irving Berlin’s “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Anything Better,” would have been an appropriate theme song.
Then the ‘falls’ came; big, bad falls. However, I never blamed them on my arrogant pride, it was always someone else’s fault.
Now, in old, old age, the song has changed. I regularly find my self singing, O WORSHIP THE KING, By Johann M. Haydn, “Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail…” I am very feeble and frail. Getting up out of a chair and walking to the bedroom is a spectacular sporting achievement.
All the things I once gloried in are gone.
David’s prayer is being answered in my old body as the measure of my days grows short, “Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.” (Psalm 39:4)
Old age is showing me how frail I am and helping me to daily victory over my greatest enemy—pride!