Our faces lose the youthful appearance and beauty creams only delay the inevitable. John Kenneth Galbraith wrote, “If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old.” My mother lived to be 100, and her face was deeply wrinkled, but her eyes sparkled and the inner joy she reflected was a beautiful thing. Our spirit is not physical and prone to wrinkles; it does not grow old like our skin. But it does take effort to maintain a zest for living and a joy to meet every day.
Our spirit refers to our enthusiasm, disposition, frame of mind and animation. Other words like verve, courage and cheerful vivacity also come to mind. It is clear that life has many trials and hard spots, but if we maintain the right attitude in them we can grow by the hills we need to climb. We don’t have to laugh all the time; there are times for tears and sorrow. James wrote about the benefits of trials, but those benefits only come if our attitude is right. If we learn how to climb those hills, we will be better people (James 1:3-4 James 1:3-4 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
American King James Version×).