The Wise and the Strong

The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old. Proverbs 20:29

The older I get, the more this verse makes perfect sense to me.

A few months ago, I raced my nephew up a hill. I should have known better but didn’t. Yes, I won, but boy did I pay for it with shortness of breath and pain the next day. I wanted to be young again to be able to do that at will, and I did, but it certainly wasn’t the wisest thing I’ve done. The wise man would have seen the hill, the youth next to me, and realized that yes I could win but at a great cost.

Young guys aren’t expected to be wise, just strong. They’re strength is their physical strength. They’ll take away heavy jobs from the elderly because they know that the elderly can be frail.

Old guys aren’t expected to be strong, just wise. They learn that their strength is in their wisdom. They let the physical lifting to the young guys. They’re wise enough to do that.

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