Take the time to get to know senior citizens. It’s well worth it.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about relationships between older people and younger people. You see, a women’s group I’m involved in with my church planned a night of hymn singing and testimonies that took place Friday night.

As a younger person, I appreciate hymns, but I’ll admit I like singing more modern worship songs a bit better. Still, in planning the evening, I learned a lot from the older women in the group (I’m the baby of the group).

Friday night when we got together, I was pleasantly surprised to see people of all ages show up. There were children, college students, parents, grandparents, and great grandparents all singing together. It was wonderful. Testimonies were given, words from some of the older hymns were explained, and a great time was had by all.

As I left, I reflected on what a treasure trove of wisdom our senior citizens are. I remember when I was in high school I had to write a term paper on the Great Depression. I interviewed my grandparents, and those interviews made a lasting impression on me. I learned that my grandparents had happy memories of their childhoods, despite not having any money, and that’s obviously impacted how I live my life today.

The same goes for the seniors I know from church. Whether it’s Biblical wisdom, insight on marriage and family, strategies for making a dollar stretch, or pretty much anything else, grandparents and other older people can offer great insight.

My grandparents have all passed away, and I miss them greatly. Take advantage of the time you have with older friends and relatives. Listen to their wisdom. Too often it’s easy for young people to rebel and insist on doing things their own way. It’s a natural part of life to assert independence. But be flexible enough to learn from those who have lived life before you. They know a thing or two.

So today as you go about your day, as you go to church, be sure to express appreciation for those who have walked through life before you. Sit down. Talk a while. You might be pleasantly surprised at how much they understand and how much wisdom you can glean from them.

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