DayBreaks for 05/17/11 – Born Old
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
One of the things I love about elderly Christians is that they tend to be much more thoughtful, kind, patient and loving than younger saints. Through years spent imitating Christ they have grown more and more into his image – and it is a beautiful sight. As a normal human reaction to declining physical health, to eyes that need cataract surgery, ears that need hearing aids, it isn’t uncommon to hear older people (Christians and non-Christians alike) to get down about the losses that accompany aging. Paul reminds us that we have no reason to lose heart. Why? “The inner nature is being renewed every day.” And these saints, though their bodies are bent and wrinkled and weary, are more lovely than they have ever been.
But for those who resent the passing years, an intriguing thought was suggest by Charles L. Allen. He wrote, “Just suppose the process were reversed. You would start living at an old age and every day be a little younger. Now that would be terrible. Every day you would know a little less than you knew the day before. You would start off with your grandchildren but in a few years they would all be gone. Your family, instead of growing, would constantly be diminishing. You would eventually get to the age where you start to college. You would start off a senior and end up in the first grade. Now, little first graders are cute with their short pants or little pink dresses, but I would hate to think I would have to be one again.
“Tottering old age has its drawbacks, but being a tiny baby is a lot worse. If you were getting younger, you would have to look forward to losing everything and end up by being a helpless baby with a bottle. Finally, you would just fade away into nothing. Babies do not have a previous existence, so complete oblivion would be the end.”
This very scenario was portrayed in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It was a profoundly insightful and thoughtful film.
Put that way, isn’t it better to grow older rather than the other way around? In the spiritual realm, who would want his faith to grow weaker and more immature each day, to see her Christ-like qualities diminish with time? Who would want to lose the personal testimony of how God has proven His faithfulness time and again in one’s own life?
Experience is a great teacher. We are confident that: They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31
PRAYER: Thank You for ordering our lives so wisely and for the growing grace and beauty that can come in our advancing years! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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