In a new sermon titled Stay Young In Every Season, preacher and author Joyce Meyer motivates believers to stay young no matter their age. Her sermon serves as a perfect companion to her latest book, How To Age Without Getting Old: The Steps You Can Take Today to Stay Young for the Rest of Your Life.
In every moment and hour that we live, it is natural that we will age. For many of us we believe in the idea that “I’m old,” says Meyer. But she suggests that even as we’re evolving physically, we still have the ability to stay young mentally.
Meyer referred to 2 Corinthians 4:16 in her message, which states, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
Meyer, 77, used herself as an example. Although she is growing older physically, she feels that she is still young inwardly because of her mindset. She remains intentional about the thoughts she chooses exercises.
The author of the book Powerful Thinking believes, “Inwardly we can keep being renewed, and that happens, based on how we think. And also the way we choose to live as far as how peaceful we remain and the things that we think about.”
Meyer also made the point that people don’t stay young because of stress. She admitted that at one point she became really sick because of stress. “I said yes to too many things,” said Meyer. “I took on a false sense of responsibility for other people’s problems.”
Sometimes we have to “take the time to enjoy the things that God has given us to enjoy… [because] anything that you overdue becomes harmful to us,” believes Meyer.
The Walking By Faith minister believes that a practical way to remain young is to not worry. Some people need to give their “soul a vacation.” She reminded listeners of Philippians 4:6 that says, “Be anxious for nothing, but by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds.”
The Bible preacher used another personal story as an illustration. After shoulder issues, Meyer was discouraged when she could no longer do certain workout routines. But, her trainer encouraged her to “not think about what you used to to be able to do, think about what you’re still able to do.”
Sometimes we believe that we can always do what we’ve always done, but as we grow older, there will be things that our body can no longer handle. However, Meyer wants believers to know that we need to “follow the Holy Spirit and do what we feel like He gives us the grace to do in our own lives.”