Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Aging

My dad is right.  The older you get, the faster the years go by.  With that acknowledgement, what will it take in your life to slow you down?

While the weather certainly has crippled, or at least slowed down much of the nation this winter, for some it may be a simple trip to the Doctor for a routine check up. The visit leads to a referral, and the referral leads to a test that comes back with life changing news. For some it is a call in the night that shares heart breaking news that a loved one has passed away.  For others it may be a trip to the supervisor's office where you are finally given the word that you are losing your job.

The Hebrews writer in Pauline like fashion says,
1  Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

When I think of a race, I am instantly thinking, "Get through as fast as you can!" Hebrews tells us to run with endurance, patience. A battle that will require discipline and sweat.  In essence it shouts out, "Don't quit!"
If you have found yourself sitting on the sidelines, I encourage you today to grab your Bible, and if it has dust on it, gently wipe it off and thank God the Word is still alive.  Pour yourself into it.  If you find yourself bitter or mad at someone, get on your knees and ask God to give you a new start and forgive you as you forgive them. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

Hey, we are all getting older!  We are aging!  Life is too short to miss out on what God may want to do in your life.  See you this Sunday.    Bro. Greg