“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.”Titus 2:1-2
We live in an age when we are bombarded by super heroes. There seems to be a new movie coming out every six months and millions upon millions are spent on movie tickets and merchandise. There are many who have a favorite character and some who will argue over which superhero is better, faster and stronger. The love of a certain type of character turns grown men back into school-aged children. I had a favorite character growing up, but I gave up comics book rather quickly for the sports page. My true childhood hero was never far from me, and he often was sleeping in the room next to me.
I always looked up to my dad, and I didn’t have to find my hero on a movie screen or in the pages of a comic book. My dad is not a perfect man, but a man who has taught me a lot of life lessons. I used to have his sayings memorized, and I did not always appreciate them when he would give them to me. The funny thing now is that I often quote those sayings to my own children, and my wife Rebekah has heard them a thousand times. My dad is a man who is sober, temperate, sound in faith, charity and patience. A man who had the patience to put up with a rebellious teenager who sought to make his own way. A man who didn’t condemn me when I presented him many opportunities to do so. I was a son who had a desire to walk in his own path and way and a son who was not always apt to listen. He had a patience with me that I still cannot understand and a patience I strongly admire.
My friends often liked my dad because he was friendly and kind. He took interest in their lives and took the time to smile and say hello. He never saw rebellious teenagers, but rather saw teenagers who needed God and love from God’s people. He choose to see what God could do in the life of someone where others saw hopeless causes. He has remained consistent in his walk with God and has always pointed me in God’s direction. My dad is no longer able to hit a softball a country mile, but his walk with God is as strong as ever. I respect his wisdom and I am grateful for his advice. He has now become an aged man and is reflective of the man spoken of in these verses. He has given me his very name, and I pray that one day I will become an aged man as he.
How will you age? The goal in life is to become aged as it sure beats the alternative. Will you be known as a godly person or as an old, grumpy grouch? Will you spend the last days living for God or living for yourself? Will you draw closer to Him as you draw closer to the final days? May others learn from your godly example and may you leave a legacy that will far exceed your time here on earth.