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Why Are Sunsets More Beautiful Than Sunrises?
Some Thoughts, Some Humor, Some Scripture on Age, Etc.Sunrises are beautiful (if you can get up that early). But have you ever wondered why sunsets are more beautiful?
The reason is quite simple. What you are seeing when you see a colorful sunrise or sunset is the reflection of the sun off of clouds and the various debris in the atmosphere. As the light hits different objects it gets dispersed, similar to the way light gets separated into the different shades as it passes through a spectroscope--or as you see when you look at a rainbow.
During the day things get heated up: the sun causes things to dry out and dust to rise. The trials and turmoil of the day create commotion. The commotion, the activity of both mankind and animals stirs up dust.
At night God sends His refreshing dew to settle things down. The whole world "settles down". People are generally calmer in the morning. Everything is more peaceful before the problems of the day arise.
So sunrises are beautiful; but they mostly reflect light only off of clouds. But sunsets have their light shattered by millions of new dust particles, as well as the clouds, creating much more beauty.
Everyone loves a baby! Most everyone thinks a baby is beautiful. A baby, like the new day, is fresh and innocent.
Then the baby grows. The pressures of growing, learning, living create stress as well as growth. As the baby (then child, then adult) goes through the trials and turmoil of living; one of two things happens.
Some of us get more and more bitter as we grow older. Others become more and more mellow.
The "dust particles" of life make some folks look worse and worse as they get older. Others, however, grow more and more beautiful.
Everyone knows at least a few people who are very old, but very beautiful.
Every church has a few senior, senior citizens who are absolutely gorgeous. I'm talking about folks who are 80 or 90 or more. As the "dust particles" have impacted their lives; they have developed a countenance as beautiful as a rainbow--or a sunset. When you look in the face/eyes of such a person, it's almost as if you are looking into the eyes of God. You are, actually. You can see His light shining through their face.
A sunrise if beautiful. A sunset is much prettier.
A baby is beautiful. But no baby is as beautiful as a person who has grown old while living a goodly, Godly life their whole life!
Our society is the first major civilization to glorify youth at the expense of age. The 18-20 Miss America types are nice. But a woman who has experienced some living and understands life has so much more to offer. Especially if she has lived a righteous life. (Same principle is true for men; but I happen to think women are prettier!)
There are some beautiful people there. If you are over 50 yourself, please take a look. Even if you are not yet 50, take a look anyway. You can analyze the ads from the standpoint of "deciding who YOU want to be as YOU grow older.
What will your own sunset be like?
Will you be more beautiful as you get older than you were as a baby? More beautiful than you are today?
Everybody wants to live a long time, but no one wants to get old.
"Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?" Job 12:12.
Most people like the old days best--they were younger then.
A person's mistakes always bother him/her; especially when one realizes he or she is too old to repeat them.
A person is usually as young as he feels, but seldom as indispensable.
The time tested method of slowing down advancing age seems to be misrepresentation.
"Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding." Proverbs 3:13.
Age is the best possible fire extinguisher for flaming youth.
Sixty five is when one acquires sufficient experience to lose his job.
You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.
The awkward age is when you are too old for the Peace Corps and too young for Social Security.
"And if you walk in My ways and obey My statutes and commands....I will give you long life." I Kings 3:14.
Regardless of their age, most folks aren't as old as they hope to become.
Some people think the proper age for a man to begin thinking about marriage is when he's old enough to realize he shouldn't.
By all means, go ahead and mellow with age. Just beware of getting rotten.
"You will come to the grave in full vigor, like sheaves gathered in season." Job 5:26.
A California woman says her ex-husband is at the dangerous age when all women look alike to him--desirable!
Age has nothing to do with learning new ways to do stupid things.
As a person gets older he suspects that nature is plotting against him for the benefit of doctors and dentists.
Hardening of the heart ages people more quickly than hardening of the arteries.
"The fear of the Lord adds length to life; but the years of the wicked are cut short." Proverbs 10:27.
The dangerous age is anytime between one and ninety-nine.
People usually feel they've reached fifty prematurely.
Many of us are at the "metallic age"--gold in our teeth, silver in our hair, and lead in our pants.
"Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech." I Peter 3:10.
Age doesn't always bring wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone.
You're getting along in years when the only urge you feel in the spring is to climb out of your long underwear.
Youth looks ahead; old age looks back; and middle age looks tired.
"Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life." Proverb 20:29
Nothing ages a person faster than trying to prove he/she is as young as ever.
It is possible that a person could live twice as long if he/she didn't spend the first half of his/her life acquiring habits that shorten the other half.
Few women admit their age. Few men act theirs.
Our aim in life improves as we grow older. But it seems we too soon run out of ammunition.
"Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He. I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you, I will sustain you, I will rescue you." Isaiah 46:4.
A gentleman in Georgia says he's at the age where he's too old for castor oil and too young for Geritol.
Gray hair usually comes along about twenty years after you thought it would make you look distinguished.
"Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self controlled, and sound in faith, in love, and in endurance." Titus 2:2.
"Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live; not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine; but to teach what is good." Titus 2:3.
Cosmetics are used by teen-age girls to make them look older sooner; and by their mothers and grandmothers to make them look younger longer.
A man in Nevada says that when he was a boy his hair was light; then it turned dark; then it turned gray; and now it has turned loose.
Retirement can be a great time if you can figure out how to spend time without spending money.
Before deciding to retire from your job, stay home a week and watch daytime television.
"Rise in the presence of the aged; show respect for the elderly; and revere your God." Leviticus 19:32.
The key to a happy retirement is to have enough money to live on, but not enough to worry about.
A male retiree says he's been playing golf occasionally--but only on days ending with 'y'.
A Kansas father said his teen-age son took an aptitude test and was found to be well suited for retirement.
"Listen to your father, who gave you life; and do not despise your mother when she is old." Proverbs 23:22.
One of the problems of retirement is that it gives you more time to read about the problems of retirement.
While we're ridding the country of radicalism, Communism, liberalism, and Fascism; why not include rheumatism?
You cannot control the length of your life; but you can control its breadth, depth, and height.
Just over the hill is a beautiful valley; but you must climb the hill to see it.
No thoroughly occupied person--of any age--has ever been known to be miserable.
Works, not words, are the proof of love.
Statistics show there are three ages when people misbehave: young, old, and middle.
No one can stay young very long; but some people manage to act like children all their lives.
"I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith." II Tim. 4:7.
You are young only once. If you act foolish after that; you'll have to find some other excuse.
To keep young, stay around young people. To get old, try to keep up with them.
People may grow old gracefully; but seldom gratefully.
We are only young once. This is all society can stand.
"A wife of noble character, who can find? She is worth far more than rubies....She sets about her work vigorously....She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue....Her children arise and call her blessed...Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned. Proverbs 31:10-31, excerpted.