Birthdays

My granddaughter will be four years old next month. She is excited about that. “I’m almost four, Grandma. And then I’m going to be five!”

I’ll soon be sixty-four. Does that excite me? Hmm. Not so much. Age, however, is relative. To someone in their 80’s, I’m still young. Next to my granddaughter, I’m pretty old. So since I’m both old and young, I’m OK with being almost sixty-four.

A recent devotional in Our Daily Bread challenged me. The title was “Older or Better?” The author, Joe Stowell, said, “Aging can actually be a wonderful thing. Followers of Jesus have the capacity to get significantly better with age,” because as Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:16, “Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”

We also have God’s promise in Isaiah 46:4 that He won’t forget about us when we get old. “I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age. I made you and I will care for you.”

The challenge is to become more Christ-like in our faith walk and reflect His love to those around us. That’s a sure way to “look better with age.”

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2 Responses to Birthdays

  1. Thanks for the encouragment, Marilyn. I always say another year on my birthday cake means another year of shining for Jesus. Shine on!

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