Growing old for good
So this incredible moving letter from Paul to Philemon calling for him to receive Onesimus not as a slave (he had left Philemon as such) but as a Christian brother also contains an interesting admission.
“I’m an old man” v9
Of course we all grow old. But we should do all we can to grow old for good.
Paul could say I’m old but:
I am someone who prays for others, v4
I have a positive outlook on life, v7
I am careful not to offend, v8
I approach in love, v9
I know hardship, v9
I am a father to the younger generation, v10
I believe in turning things round for the better, v11
I try and see the bigger picture, v15
I am willing to pay whatever it costs for the good, v18
I believe in grace, v25
Ten things that every old person could do well pursuing. Ten things that I will pursue whilst I wait to be old!