Aging in body but not spiritMy push mower gave me a message the other day — “You’re getting old.” It’s the same message I have been receiving from my shovel, chainsaw and splitting maul.
By: Pastor Mark Holmes, Superior Telegram
My push mower gave me a message the other day — “You’re getting old.” It’s the same message I have been receiving from my shovel, chainsaw and splitting maul.
I know they are right.
As I sat resting from my short mowing experience I remembered how, as a boy, I would hurriedly help my brothers push mow a much larger yard at home so we could ride our bikes on an eight-mile round trip to our favorite swimming hole.
As I reminisced, I realized a dip in a pool would have felt good. Though the spirit was willing, the flesh was tired.
I know I am not the only one who has been hearing these messages lately. I belong to a rather large group of baby boomers who are no longer babies and do less and less booming.
I wonder what told the Apostle Paul that he was aging. Was it the hills that sapped his strength as he walked? Were the tents becoming harder to make? Was his letter writing challenged because of dimming eyesight?
Whatever the messengers were, Paul seemed unconcerned that he was growing old. He kept the right perspective. It is not about the body; it’s the soul that matters. Our souls do not grow old. They get better every day. As Paul wrote, “Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed each day.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)
My body is aging, but my soul is doing fine. How about you?