“Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life.”
Proverbs 16:31 NLT
I remember the first gray hair I had. I pulled it out! It was a vain attempt to prevent a natural progression. While the graying process is different for everyone, according to Harvard Health, for most people, your hair follicles begin producing less color around the age of 35.
While we may not have control over the aging process of our hair, we do have control over the manner in which we live.
Does your wisdom make your gray hair an indication of age or a crown? If you have more gray hair than wisdom, your hair is only visible evidence that you are getting older. If you have more wisdom than gray hair, your white hair is a crown of glory, for it declares a godly life lived well.
Gray hair on an old person should be a badge of honor – a crown of glory! It is a change that God ordained in hair color to indicate age, maturity, and experience. Age should mean greater wisdom, holiness, love of Christ, and godly example.
In the past gray hair wasn’t as common as it is now, for the simple fact that people didn’t live as long. In fact at the time our country was founded life expectancy was around 35 years. And as already noted 35 is when hair begins the process of losing color.
It was Mark Twain who famously wrote: “Do not complain about growing old. It is a privilege denied to many.”
Age and wisdom, one is inevitable, the other optional.
This week, may we live our lives in such a way, that our gray hair is a visible representation; not of age, but of a crown.
In His Hands,