Young

This post is written as part of the Five-Minute Friday link-up to write for five minutes on a one-word prompt – today’s word is ‘Young’

Young at heart

When I saw today’s word what immediately came to mind was the song ‘Young at Heart’ by The Bluebells! I will not be able to get the tune and the one phrase out of the song that I know – ‘you’re so young at heart’ – out of my mind now for the rest of the day. For those of you, who are too young to know what I am talking about, I have placed a link at the bottom of the post.

It is a song based on the English idiom of being ‘young at heart’ a much admired and positive attribute. My interpretation of those words, is someone who mentally has maintained a youthful attitude of optimism and energy. Someone who has not become disillusioned or jaded by life.

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An example to us all

A biblical example is Caleb. He “had a different spirit and followed the Lord wholeheartedly”. Caleb had the same strength and vigour to go out and to do battle. He was able to claim God’s promises, as strongly at the age of eighty-five as he did when he was forty. An example and a challenge to us all!

My prayer is to be wise, with the wisdom that God gives, but also to be ‘young at heart.’ To retain my hope and expectancy in the Lord – the only sure foundation for optimism.

A sure and certain hope!

We have the hope of our salvation, as the anchor for our souls – read Hebrews 6:19

The hope in God’s unfailing love and compassion towards us, which are new every morning – read Lamentations 3: 21-23

And hope in His promises, to renew our strength. That we do not grow weary, or jaded, but are able to soar in faith and expectancy!

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:29-31

There will be moments to soar supernaturally, going above and beyond what could be expected. There will be times to run with the strength that God alone provides, so that we can complete the course, without becoming weary. And every day, there will be the strength for that day, to walk with God without being overwhelmed.

I would suggest that there is a gift from God, for those who place their hope in Him, to be forever young at heart!

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12 thoughts on “Young

  1. I am 59 years young. Next year is my milestone. I look in the mirror and I think what happened? The years have slipped by so quickly it seems. I have wrinkles. I have gray hair. I never had this belly fat when I was younger. I need glasses and a hearing aid. I go to bed early. But I am young at heart. I walk 50 minutes every morning. I have many younger friends. I have adorable grandchildren. I get a senior discount and save money at restaurants, the goodwill and other places. I have cancer and I have kidney disease but I am not deaf or blind, or physically disabled. I don’t have MS or heart disease or the corona virus. My sisters and I are closer than we have ever been though we live far apart. We enjoy shows like the Golden Girls, I Love Lucy and the Andy Griffith show. We are wiser- we have learned a lot from life’s lessons over the years. We can enjoy life and dwell on the love of Jesus, the bright side of life and all of His blessings or we can be miserable because we have gray hair, wrinkles and belly fat. I try very hard to be young at heart. I loved your blog. I’m sorry when I started to write this I intended to say- great blog! Thank you.
    ❤️Terri D
    #4 FMF

  2. I am 59 years young. I have wrinkles, gray hair and belly fat. I wear glasses and a hearing aid. I have cancer and kidney disease. But I don’t have MS, Heart Disease or the Corona virus. I can see, and hear and write. God has blessed me in so many ways and I am grateful. I save some money with a senior discount at restaurants, goodwill and other places. I walk 50 minutes every morning. No that is not a typo. My husband and I will go to movies (in the future) out to eat and play mini golf. We have beautiful grandchildren. Though we live far apart, my sisters and I are very close. I have wonderful friends of all different ages and we sometimes go out to lunch before my cancer treatments. I have time in the mornings to read my Bible and pray for others. I like to think of myself as young at heart.
    I loved this blog!
    ❤️Terri D
    #4FMF

  3. Love the song! Thanks for sharing it.

    They say that I am young at heart,
    that youth is just my style,
    but they put horse before the cart
    and miss truth by a mile.
    I was older than the hills
    when I was twenty-three,
    and seeing how life really kills,
    the thought did come to me
    that even in a losing war,
    joy is still a choice,
    and when God counts the final score
    He’d as lief hear my voice
    raised in reckless bonhomie,
    for such is Heaven’s victory.

    1. So true – many are ‘old before their time’ having seen the horror of the worst side of humanity – our only hope is in God and in his forgiveness. Thank you for your inspirational poem!

  4. I have been reading about Caleb lately (while studying Joshua). He is one of my favorite Bible men…and yet another reason that he is such a great example!

  5. I love Caleb’s example for us, and the C.S. Lewis quote you included. It really is the hope and strength of God that keeps us young at heart!

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