Are We Old Yet?

August 9, 2017

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NRSV): give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

It’s hard to be thankful when everything hurts, when your back aches, and you just feel old. But, meeting the day with gratitude, each and every day, is what is required of us. 

When are we “too old” to compete in athletics? When do we have to give up enjoying competitive tennis, swimming, dancing, etc.? Never. 

Age of Champions is just about the sweetest, most uplifting, charming documentary I have ever watched. It’s all about senior athletes and their competitions in the Senior Olympics, basketball leagues, tennis, swimming, and more. It turns out that age is just a state of mind. 

What is the most charming about this film is the competitive spirit in each and every single one of the athletes featured in the film. They all want to win, but they are all open and friendly with each other. They are also all incredibly grateful that they are able to continue to compete. One of the tennis players is 100 years old and I doubt very seriously that I could hold a candle to him! 

Featured in the documentary is a ladies basketball team – they are all in their 70s and 80s and they compete against other senior teams all over the U.S. Their competitive spirit was wild! Also featured in the aforementioned 100-year-old tennis player, and his most recent challenger a 94-year-old contender. There is also a pair of competitive swimmers, both in their 80s, and quite a few track and field competitors. 

I grinned the whole way throughout this movie and you will too. The message is clear – just get out and do it. You can sit around on the couch (at any age really) – or you can opt to live, and live well with athletics. 

I am reminded of my 73-year-old father who still goes to the gym 3 days a week, and surfs (yes, surfs, as in on a board in the ocean) at least twice a week. (After viewing this film, I plan to look up the Senior Olympics and suggest that he participate!) My mother, who refuses to admit her age, dances almost daily with her senior dance teams. They perform sometimes 4 and 5 times a week! I hope and pray that they continue their athletic pursuits until the very last second when they are spirited up to heaven. And, I double extra pray that I follow in their active footsteps! 

A special thank you needs to go to the producers of the film, and especially to the athletic competitors featured in the film. I am completely in awe of you. Keep up the good work. We young (ha! I’m in my 40s) chickens need to continue to push to keep up with you!

Isaiah 46:4 (NRSV): even to your old age I am he, even when you turn gray I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.

Serve all with love.

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