Graceful Living

Bible Verses for Living With Grace and Aging Gracefully

We've all heard it said, fifty is the new forty, forty is the new thirty, or even sixty is the new forty! It is also becoming trendy for the 60 and above to celebrate their birthdays with adventure vacations and physically demanding or high-adrenaline activities (sky-diving, zip-lining, rappelling, etc.) that push the limits of the aging body. Southern California is not the easiest place to grow old gracefully. Still, I was determined that when my time came I would accept physical aging gracefully and not fight it as so many seemed to do with impossible hair coloring and ludicrous surgeries. (Disclaimer: I am not against life extension science or gerontological research). God was totally gracious. In my early forties, and more than a decade after she had been created, I stumbled upon Agatha Raisin, the middle-aged detective of M.C. Beaton's mystery series set in the Cotswolds. Agatha thinks herself to be in "well-preserved fifties." I found her to be a "riot of a character," outspoken, entrepreneurial, and with an absolute zest for living! Besides mystery novels with a lot of humor, continuously evolving interests and passions, along with verses in the Bible are helping me age gracefully. I share some below. The first was one of the last Bible verses sent by my Dad and this page is dedicated to him. Daddy always encouraged me to focus on character - soul - development more than anything else. Thank you, Dad. See also Library of Grace for a list of books and devotionals to help you age with grace.

Become A Living Sacrifice:

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12: 1-2

[Jesus]called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. Mark 8: 34-35

Clothe Yourself Daily With the Armor of God (pray these verses as you dress yourself every morning):

Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  Ephesians 6: 11-17

Follow Christ's Example of Humility:
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. In your relationships with each other, have the same mind as Christ Jesus. Philippians 2: 4-5

Lay Up Treasures in Heaven:
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal."  Matthew 6: 19-20

Seek True Contentment:
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.  I Timothy 6: 6-10

Take the Apostle Paul's Final Charge To Timothy As Your Own
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.  I Timothy 6: 17

Keep the Ten Commandments:
1 And God spoke all these words, saying,
2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
 13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
 16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.” Exodus 20: 1- 17.