The census taker knocked on the lady's door. She answered all his questions except one. She refused to tell him her age.
"But everyone tells their age to the census
taker," he said.
"Did Miss Maisy Hill, and Miss Daisy Hill tell you
their ages?" she asked.
"Certainly," he replied.
"Well, I'm the same age as they are," she snapped.
The census taker simply wrote on the form, "As old as
You may have heard that our nation's oldest person, a
113-year-old woman, died recently just weeks before her 114th birthday.
The world's oldest person in the world, according to the Gerontology Research
Group, is a Japanese man, who will turn 116 next week. The oldest person ever
on record was a Frenchwoman who was 122 when she died in 1997. All of
these could easily be described with the phrase, "As old as the
But they are all babies when compared with Methuselah.
You recognize his name. He's known in the Bible for one thing -- being
the oldest person mentioned. 969 years old! That's a lot of
years. And I think it's sad. Not that he was so old, but because that's
what he is known for. He's not known for his great faith, for his moral
courage, or for his righteousness. He's known for being old.
In fact, if you do the math, you come up with an interesting
fact -- Methuselah died the year it started flooding. Was it just a
coincidence, or was Methuselah one of the many who perished in that judgment of
God? We don't know.
I just pray that some day I'll be remembered, not for the
number of years I lived upon this earth, but for the way that I lived while I
"The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is
found in the way of righteousness." (Proverbs 16:31)
Have a great day!
- Alan Smith, author of the popular "Thought For Today," and minister
for the Fayetteville Church of Christ in Fayetteville, NC, may be contacted at