Today is my birthday. I have walked this earth for 61 years. It is weird because I have in my mind an image of a 61 year old man, and I do not fit that image! Perhaps I am caught up with my baby boomer peers who have always been reluctant to accept the script on how we were to act. Maybe I am in some form of denial, or immaturity.
As a young pastor I remember visiting Mildred who was 92 and living in a retirement home. She remarked, "In my mind's eye I am eleven years old romping around my grandfather's farm." I have always appreciated Mildred's attitude. She has helped me to have a child like spirit even as my body ages.
There is a difference between childishness and childlikeness. Jesus teaches us to come to God's kingdom like a child. I take this to mean expanding our sense of wonder, being grateful for the gifts of life and breath and community, living in the present moment, and asking amazing questions.
Yes my body is getting older. But I try to live an active and healthy life. And my mind age is way younger than my body age. Thank God for role models like Mildred who show us all how to live as a child of God.