Youth Is Wasted on the Young

There is a term… youth is wasted on the young. The inference being that young people have the strength, youth and energy, the ability to take risks, etc. that we don’t necessarily have when we get older… but don’t have the wisdom/experience that we have when we are older.

But age alone does not provide wisdom, or the ability to extract from life experience the things that help us grow, and mature. Many times we do the opposite. We just “get through” life and survive and count ourselves lucky to do so. I used to think that age automatically gave a person wisdom. In the book of Proverbs Chapter 16 it says, “ Gray hair is a crown of glory;
    it is gained by living a godly life.”

In this case, someone choosing the way to live on God’s terms, brings a long life, indicated not only by the gray hair, but by living the right way… characterized by having wisdom. Gray hair comes with the human existence, but clearly the acquisition of wisdom requires a choice of living in such a way that wisdom may be acquired.

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