Posted on Friday, August 10, 2012
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
I drove to see my parents this week. While visiting them I attended a bible study that my father attends. Among the participants were four retired pastors and several other grandfatherly men.
Five things were clear as I spent the morning reading, listening, talking and eating with these men:
- They are men with the same feelings as the young men I’ve worked with, just different life experiences.
- They felt safe and were willing to share their knowledge, wisdom, pains and sorrows.
- You would never know who the three pastors were. There was not one trace of “I know more than you do.”
- Each of the men could express their opinion freely; no one seemed to have anything to prove or an axe to grind.
- I wish all men — and all people — had a group like these gracious and grace-filled guys.
I enjoyed being around those men. They reminded me of this ancient and wise saying, “Young people take pride in their strength, but the gray hairs of wisdom are even more beautiful.” 1
May people recognize the beauty of our character as we travel through our gray-hair years.
1 – Proverbs 20:29, CEV