Grace-fully Keeping On
Last week I had my annual physical. Let me assure you I like my doctor and very much appreciate his professionalism. However, when examined it does feel like I’m an interesting study on aging, probably since he’s quite young. Are you able to sleep at night? Do you have any aches or pains? What’s changed from last year?
Funny thing about growing older, it sneaks up on you, right? One day you look in the mirror and wonder: Who. Is. That? One day you drink gallons of coffee and eat spicy food. The next day: You. Just. Can’t. One day you jump out of bed in the morning, work in the garden; wash two loads of laundry and hop in the shower…all before breakfast. The next day: No. Way.
It’s scary when you start making the same noises as your coffee maker.
When you remember the good old days of your youth, conveniently forgetting algebra, pimples and peer-pressure.
My memory is not as sharp as it used to be.
Also, my memory is not as sharp as it used to be.
When energy lags, memory fails, bodies start falling apart and friends and loved ones die, how do we keep from being overwhelmed by discouragement? How do we keep on, not just surviving but also truly thriving each day?
The Apostle Paul gives us an answer in his letter to the Corinthians:
“Therefore we do not become discouraged [spiritless, disappointed, or afraid].
Though our outer self is [progressively] wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day by day.
For our momentary, light distress [this passing trouble] is producing for us an eternal weight of glory [a fullness] beyond all measure!
So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temporal [just brief and fleeting], but the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable.”
Yes, aging has its challenges. But each day the Lord longs to unfold his grace and renew you on the inside, preparing you for what is yet to come.
So, don’t give up! Keep on keeping on! God hasn’t finished His work in us. We are still God’s dearly loved critters. The older we are, the longer we’re loved!
Growing in Grace,