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Aging And Renewal

Two elderly men were venting their frustrations about the woes of modern technology and aging. “I just can’t ever seem to remember my darn passwords,” grumbled one of them. The other one smiled. “Oh really? I can never forget mine!” “How do you manage it?” asked the first guy curiously. “Well, I simply set all my passwords to ‘Incorrect’ so that whenever I’m told that my password is incorrect, I’ll remember it!”

It’s always been easy to make fun of ‘old people’ and the aging process. These days I find my definition of ‘old’ is shifting a lot. I’m beginning to realize my own mortality. My body has started letting me know that things are changing. As we age, we are forced to remember that our bodies will someday decay and waste away. Our body is simply a vessel that carries us through this life time.

As believers, we aren’t to be morbid about this. God created us for eternity. Writing on this very topic, the Apostle Paul says, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)

The aging process is inevitable, but each passing day is another opportunity to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord. God’s spirit is transforming us and preparing us for eternity and becoming more like Jesus. Rather than looking backwards in life, becoming cynical or bitter, we are to grow into the person that God has called us to be. Each day becomes an opportunity for renewal and growth – no matter how old we get.

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