Introduction

The glory of young men is their strength,
gray hair the splendor of the old.
PROVERBS 20:29

How are you going to spend the next part of your life?


The following is intended to encourage and challenge you to achieve gray hair (wisdom) now—to examine God’s word, the voice of the world, and your own life—and to discover and embrace meaning. Why? Because the Truth is out there in the void, and he beckons you.


Numerous books have been penned, sermons preached, and coaching sessions conducted to aid men and women in finding meaning in and for the last years of their lives. But what if by the time you settle down, have kids, and are into your second or third career, it is too late to get started?


At the age of forty-one, while on a personal retreat in the Colorado Rockies with my Bible, journal, and numerous books, I was struck by an author’s quip about spending your 30s getting ready for the second half of your life; well, I missed it. If forty-one was too late, and my 30s were the right time, might my 20s have been too early?


There is a proverb: “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second-best time is today.” Today is the day you start gleaning a little more meaning out of your meaningless days. This is my promise.


I approach this book with Thomas À Kempis’ wisdom in mind: “…and we should as readily read simple and devout books as those that are lofty and profound. Do not be influenced by the importance of the writer, and whether the learning be great or small, but let the love of pure truth draw you to read. Do not inquire, ‘Who said this?’ but pay attention to what is said.”


May the only voice you hear in the reading of this book be that of our Lord Jesus.

Marcus Costantino