The arrogance of youth

Judith Victoria Hensley - Plain Thoughts

AARP, Medicare, and birthday 65 all send an undeniable message. I am officially entering my “senior years.” I know that traditionally, ladies do not tell their age. I’ve always found that a little ridiculous. I am what I am.

In a way it is exciting. It lights a new fire of determination in me. This is it. However much time I have left on this planet, it’s up to me to make the most of it.

I love what Psalm 71:18 has to say about age. “Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.”

My grandfather used to quote this verse: “I have been young, and [now] am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”

C.S. Lewis said, “You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.”

Benjamin Franklin observed this, “Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.”

At the age of 50, Leo Goodwin founded the insurance company GEICO. At age 62, Colonel Sanders started his first restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky known as Kentucky Fried Chicken. Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first Little House book at age 64. Corrie ten Boom began her worldwide ministry in her 60s. Success stories of older people are many. The Bible talks about Job’s latter days being more blessed than his former.

I fully expect to be one of those people, not because I deserve anything, but because I have put my trust in the Lord since I was a child and I believe there is more ahead for me to accomplish in this life.

While considering this particular birthday, I began to consider youth. I’m sure I was young and arrogant in my early years. Like most young people, I never expected heartache to overtake me, or physical limitations due to injuries to slow me down.

My thoughts about the arrogance of youth turned much more serious. Young people who text and drive never expect to be the one who wrecks and seriously injures or kills someone. The young person who drinks and drives or smokes pot and gets behind the wheel is confident they won’t get caught and disaster won’t catch up with them. The young person who uses tobacco, knowing that it can cause major health issues in the future, feels like they’ll quit before they have to pay the price for a bad habit. Young people who go from one physical relationship to another without ever forming emotional attachments or accepting responsibilities believe they will find love when they get ready, without realizing that they have in many ways destroyed their ability to have a healthy relationship.

Each of these scenarios is a demonstration of arrogance.

The young person who lays in the bed because they don’t want to get up and go to work for a low paying job when mom and dad will still take care of them is also arrogant. They don’t realize what life will be like when there is no one left to provide for them or make excuses for them. The young person who steals or feels entitled to things without working for them is also arrogant beyond words.

I have been young and was no doubt arrogant in ways I didn’t even realize. Now that I’m crossing over into old age, I can see the folly of youth, the joys, and the advantages. That part of my life is behind me, but I am smart enough and determined enough, and trust God enough to believe that good days are still ahead. Actually, I believe my best days are still ahead because I voluntarily put them in God’s hands and trust Him to help me be all that I was created to be in this life.

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