Reflections on Aging Well

Author, Living with Purpose in a Worn-out Body: Spiritual Encouragement for Older Adults (Upper Room) and Columnist, Aging Well, United Methodist Reporter

Never too old to sin March 19, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — missybu @ 3:40 pm

Not long ago I was chatting with a college student about his waitstaff position at a lovely restaurant in his hometown. I knew he was a favorite staff person among the locals and was considered professional and friendly. Somewhere in the conversation, he sheepishly mentioned his least favorite patrons.

“Church people… particularly OLD church people. They are the worst customers ever,” he said.

It would have been funny if I hadn’t known there was truth in his statement. There have been times that I have witnessed very un-Christ-like behavior from a group of silver-haired grandmothers pushing their walkers on the way to Bible study at their retirement community.

The young man continued. “They come right from church on Sunday morning. They’re all dressed up and wear their cross necklaces, yet they are rude and demanding.  To make it worse, they are very stingy tippers.”

Don’t get me wrong. I am pretty sure this behavior is not representative of most senior adults who profess to be Christians. But all of us need to remember that as we age, we have the same bent toward sinning as a 20 year-old or a 50 year-old.  It’s not as though we pass a magic age and somehow surpass the ability to sin. 

It’s something to think about. May we always think about our behavior. Will it glorify God? You never know when a young man is watching.