Outwardly dying, inwardly renewed
Here’s a cheery thought for you: you’re dying.
Whether you like to admit it or not, whether you think about it or not, whether you’re 23 or 93, you’re aging and therefore dying. Every tick of the clock brings you closer to the end of life.
Some of you are probably hyperaware of this reality. You have wrinkles and aches and pains that remind you of this truth all too often. You watch your strength, energy, and eyesight fade; and it’s worrisome. Often, it’s downright frustrating. If you’re not quite elderly but struggle with some sort of illness, you’re probably wise to this feeling as well.
If your imminent death wasn’t a passing thought for you previously, maybe I’ve got you thinking about it now. Maybe you’re suddenly reminded that you have slowed down a bit lately. Don’t lose heart. Don’t freak out. There’s hope for all of us, whether your concerns are those subtly emerging crow’s-feet or perhaps something more serious like your pesky dependence on a walker. You don’t need a vibrant body to have a vibrant soul. “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).
God may not miraculously restore your health, but he’s not going to let you flounder. He knows a secret, and he wants you to know it too: a strong spirit—a strong faith and a strong prayer life—is the ticket to the best life.
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