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 (NIV)
I will be your God throughout your lifetime–until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you. -Isaiah 46:4 (NLT)
One of this agent’s all-time favorite comedians is Jack Benny, who said this about getting older: “Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
The amazing thing about believers is that we are new creations in Christ, simply traveling this world in these mortal shells. We are here as long as God allows us to, to serve whatever purposes He has in mind for our lives and those whose lives will intersect and intertwine with ours.
And, as the top verse says, were inwardly being renewed each day. Consider each morning you rise as a fresh slate and opportunity to serve the Lord…an opportunity He did not have to give! With each new day, we can approach it as brand new, yet we’re also armed with one extra day of wisdom and experience to take it on.
It’s all in the perspective. There is an opportunity in every moment and season to praise Him in how we expect things, how we respond to things, how we look at things, and how we tell others about them. The perspective is to look up. When we look up and remember that everything before us, and how we respond to it, are fresh opportunities to make please God, we can open up and let His strength and energy and grace fill us to overflowing, so we can attack the day with the same fervor we did when we were bright-eyed kids.
Why? Because being a child of God is an opportunity to truly be young at heart every day, no matter how old our physical bodies are. We can marvel at the amazing world and challenges He puts before us, knowing He goes before us and behind us. Every new day and every breath we take is a blessing, and the physically older we are, the greater the number of blessed moments and opportunities He’s given us. Let’s make the most of them!