When we read "how to stay young," most of us think in terms of the physical body. Yet a youthful heart attitude can contribute greatly to keeping us young.
What characterizes such an attitude?
1. A youthful approach to life. This includes curiosity, passion, enthusiastic responses, optimistic viewpoints, and enduring confidence. Jesus promises us a full life (John 10:10). Are you passionately pursuing the Lord and life in Him?
2. Active pursuit of learning. The young at heart are willing to embrace new ideas, make changes in their lives, and adapt to new things. For Christians, God's Word is to be a primary source of learning (2 Tim. 3:16). What have you learned from the Bible this past week, and how has it impacted your life?
3. A hopeful outlook in the face of trials. A youthful attitude is resilient and able to find meaning and strength in adversity (Rom. 5:3-5). Ask the Lord to increase your trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope (15:13).
4. A "people" orientation. Those who are youthful in spirit willingly reach out in friendship. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, whom will you befriend?
Beware of hindrances to being young at heart. One obstacle is self-absorption, which can close us to new ideas, new people, and even to the Spirit's call. Heed Jesus' command to deny self (Matt. 16:34). If self-focus describes you, confess it, and seek to have a youthful heart attitude. You'll experience the inward vitality that characterizes the young at heart (2 Cor. 4:16).