I have come to discover that success and changes in life are a series of interesting circles. Your first success in life is being born. At age one year, success is having a tooth. At age two, success is being out of diapers. At age seven, it’s having friends. As we age, success is measured nearly the same. Success at age 70 is still having friends; age 80 is still being out of diapers; age 90 is still having teeth. Ok, well, maybe that’s not so funny for some of us, but we have learned a lot from each other. We have learned rules about aging that we need to remember. I like to think of it as four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success.
1. Don’t stop playing because you are old. We grow old because we stop playing.
2. You must laugh and find humor every day.
3. You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.
4. Have no regrets. I have found that people usually don’t dwell and reiterate regrets for what they did but rather for things we didn’t do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.
I have found that we have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it! There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. If you are 19 years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn 20 years old. If I am 87 years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn 88. The idea is to grow up by always finding the opportunity in change.
Our church is in a time of change, opportunity, and transition. We know we all need to grow, play, laugh, dream, and do it without regrets. We may have found a pastor to help us discover new successes in our lives. Someone who can lead and shepherd us. Although no one really knows what the future holds for us, except the Lord, with prayer and dedication, I think that this body of believers – our church – we can all grow old successfully together.