It draws quite a crowd—car lovers and the curious alike.
I am amazed at the vision and dedication some people have and the investment they are willing to put forth to restore these vehicles. They purposefully search for an old scrap of a car that they can bring back to its earlier glory. A few add some modern twists and touches to them, but most try to stay true to the car’s history.
Everyone who attends enjoys talking to the owners, hearing the story of the car, and admiring the beautiful result.
My brother and his wife do something similar. They rent a section at a local antique mall and supply it with treasures they have found languishing in thrift stores. My brother does his research, so he knows the value of items others might overlook or just see as junk. He buys them and places them in a more appropriate venue.
This week’s car show gave me reason to think. If we place this much value on old possessions, how much more should we give to our older generation. The American culture is focused on youth—looking young, trying to stay young—so much so that the value of our older citizens is not only often overlooked but too many times dismissed as irrelevant as well.
But the Bible reminds us not only to take care of our elderly, but also to value and respect them for they provide a wealth of history and wisdom. Just listen.
Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you. (Deuteronomy 32:7)
Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. (Proverbs 23:22)
Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:32)
Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding? (Job 12:12)
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31)
So whether in your own family or your church family, take time to get to know the history and appreciate the wisdom of our human “classics.” Our lives will be richer for it.
(Photo taken by Janice Millar)