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Here are five more benefits, randomly selected, of growing older...

8)  Health is not something you take for granted anymore.  Once you did anything you wanted, and didn't even think about asking your body about it.  Now, you're not only aware of your body, you have to ask permission of the various parts to get going in the morning.  But still you're thankful to be moving about.  As they say, it's better to be seen than viewed. 

9)  You realize that technology in media, while very helpful, is greatly over-rated in truly enhancing life.  Smart phones don't make you smart, they just give you access to things that could make you smart if you looked at them longer than 4 seconds. 

10)  You realize you need less stuff and wonder why you kept so much of what you now have.  Except books.  You don't regret having good books.  The advantage to youth is that you have more energy to get rid of stuff quicker.  

11)  You see more and more the spiritual (and cultural) wasteland of this present age.  You can be very negative and whiny about this, or realize that this is what the Bible has been saying all along (Romans 1-3).  And it's wonderful that at this moment in time we get to speak about the eternally relevant good news of Jesus Christ.  

12) You truly, more passionately, long for the world where righteousness dwells, not only because it is new and beautiful, but because that is where the Lord of Righteousness reigns with justice, goodness, and beauty (Isaiah 33:5; Jeremiah 23:5-6; 2 Peter 3:13). 

"Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!  But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells."  (2 Peter 3:11-13 ESV)


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