Aging Vocabulary

Gerald Mullen notes how age is a funny thing. The only time we like to get old is when we are kids. If you are less than ten years old, you’re so excited about aging, you think in fractions. Such as, “I’m four and a half.” You are never 36 and a half, but you are four and a half.

Teens want to jump to the next number, such as, I’m “gonna be” 16. Finally you “become” 21.

But then you “turn” 30. You’re “pushing” 40. You “reach” 50. You “make it” to 60. And you “hit” 70. In your 80’s and 90’s you go backwards, such as “I was just 92 last week.” Then a strange thing happens. If you live to 100, you become a kid again and revert to fractions saying, “I’m a hundred and a half.” Or “If I live till June I’ll be 101.”

I like his clever way of noting how God uses the aging process to prompt us to redeem the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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