FGG-169 Growing Older is a Blessing

April 18, 2017

A few week ago at our Wednesday night men’s prayer group, I made the comment that every year, as I grown a little older, my resolutions have less to do with job and money and more to do with being a better person. In this podcast Tony discusses how growing older is a blessing.

Scripture: The just shall flourish like the palm tree, shall grow like a cedar of Lebanon.  Planted in the house of the LORD, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.  They shall bear fruit even in old age, always vigorous and sturdy, as they proclaim: “The LORD is just; our rock, in whom there is no wrong.” Psalms 92:13-16

Should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth. Therefore, putting away falsehood, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Ephesians 4:22-25

First of all, then, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone.  1 Timothy 2:1

Quotes: “The elderly have a rich storehouse of memories, and inner landscape to explore: times lost in idleness, opportunities well used, a fulfilling career, children grown up and suffering gone through with dignity and courage.”St. Augustine Confessions Book X

“There is no reason to pity old people. Instead, young people should envy them. They have realities in the past – the potentialities they have actualized, the meanings they have fulfilled, the values they have realized – and nothing and nobody can ever remove these assets from the past.” –Viktor Frankl

Reflections: What are some of the things you do now that you couldn’t when you were younger?  Do you agree that as our physical being diminishes, our spiritual health increases?  How has that changed the way you look at being older?

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FGG-168 Time is All We Have

April 6, 2017

Most of us live as if we will be around forever. We say, “I don’t have time for that” or “I’ll start going to church when I am older, right now I just don’t have the time.”  It reminds me of the Kenny Chesney song, “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to go now!”  In this podcast, Tony discusses the value of time.

Quote: Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many. –Unknown

“Time is all we have. You may find one day that you have less than you think.” –Randy Paush

Reflections:  Do you live your life as if you have all the time in the world?  How can we appreciate the time we have? Do you waste precious time doing things that are unproductive?

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