Posted by: Chuck Farley | March 21, 2012

Why do I call myself Old? (Revised)

Why do I call myself old you ask? I know many people that are older than me, that are more active, in better shape, and much more alert than I am. Old has nothing to do with age. It seems that those people understand the sentiment of Henry David Thoreau:

“I went into the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life. To put to rout all that was not life, and not when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived.”

Over the years, I have allowed life to suck the marrow out of me so to speak and rob me of joys that come with being alive. I have lived a life full of blessing that should have filled my days with dancing. Instead, I wallowed in negative feelings of what could have been. What was I thinking! Like Theoden, King of Rohan, in J.R.R. Tolken’s, Lord of The Rings, I have been weakened and aged by years of self doubt and negative thinking.

I am not old! Most of the heroes of the Old Testament were not considered worthy of anointing until they were much older than me. Unlike Zachariah, John the Baptist’s father, I am pretty confident that, as our wise pastor so eloquently stated, “all the plumbing still works.” It is time to step up and take hold of the reigns of my life and live on purpose, and obtain the joy that comes with living. Find your passion and join me in this quest to live life to its fullest.

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs-even. Though checkered by failure than to take rank with these poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much. Be wise, they live in the gray twilight that know not of victory, nor defeat, nor true sorrow nor true love.”–Theodore Roosevelt



  1. Amen Bro! I say we go for it. Caleb was 80 when he said Josh 14:10-11

    10 “Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the desert. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! 11 I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.

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