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’
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 is someone who mentally has maintained a youthful attitude of optimism and energy – they have not become disillusioned or jaded by life.
A biblical example is Caleb – who “had a different spirit and followed the Lord wholeheartedly”. He had the same strength and vigour to go out and to do battle, and to be able to claim God’s promises 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,’ retaining my hope and expectancy in the Lord – the only sure foundation for optimism.
Hope in my salvation, as the anchor for my soul. Hebrews 6:19
Hope in God’s unfailing love and compassion towards me, which are new every morning. Lamentations 3: 21-23
Hope in His promises, to renew my strength, so that I do not grow weary, or jaded, but am 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!