So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.” 162 Corinthians 4:16-5:1
Whether we like it or not, every day each of us are getting older. Now there is a time in our lives when we appreciate the aging process, and we can hardly wait to get to the next stage, those times of graduation, leaving home, or reaching our physical maturity. But then comes the day when we become aware of decline and realize that we’re beyond our prime and on that slippery slope that some call “over the hill.” No matter how much we try to hold the aging at bay with plastic surgery, gyms, and hair dye, no one has ever figured out how to reverse the process. As Paul puts it, “our outer nature is wasting away.” What we do notice however is that some do it more gracefully than others. They eat well, exercise often, and move through the decades with dignity and joy. A key to that kind of living is the attention such persons pay to the “inner nature.” Even as their physical bodies decline they remain connected to the Spirit and maintain a strong and vibrant faith. With their lives uncluttered by the haunting cares and concerns of younger years they are able to focus on eternal values, and as the years pass, peace and serenity become daily companions. They know that beyond this life, new life in Christ awaits, and one day it will be theirs!
Thought for the Day: How am I dealing with aging?