Old Man Wisdom

Mark Twain once said, "When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years." It's funny how this works. When we're young we're convinced of our invincibility in everything. Our youth is the fun season of life where we get to believe we're so smart, so savvy, and so capable that if someone in charge would just give us a chance we'd make everything better. It's the season of life when we look at our elders and consider them too slow, too dull, too careful, and too unwilling to take chances. Sometimes, in the season of our youth, our elders bugged us so much we could hardly stand to have them around.But then it happens. The season of our youth fades, we actually grow a little older, and begin to realize we weren't nearly as smart, savvy and capable as we once thought we were. We realize that older people actually possess wisdom, and we realize we're becoming one of those old people that young people now think are too slow, too dull, and too careful.If it's any encouragement, the bible says, "Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life" Proverbs 16: 31. Enjoy the journey, celebrate your new sprouts of gray hair, and embrace the discovery of how smart your dad really was the older you get.