2 Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
In sorting through photos, I find one of me taken about thirty years ago. What it is doing in this particular collection is a mystery. What's not a mystery is how much I've aged.
I stare at the young, smiling face as if she is a stranger. Is this really me? Really?
Oh, what a difference three decades make!
I look in the mirror, searching for that young lady. Do I see her? Can I find her?
I gaze at the photo again, then back at the mirror.
I hear my mother's voice, "It's not what's on the outside, but on the inside that counts."
And, beauty is only skin deep . . .
I can't help but laugh at my own silly vanity. Which, of course, accentuates every crinkle and wrinkle around my eyes. My battles scars. Purple Hearts.
For our bodies are but jars of clay. Chipped and cracked with the passing of time.
Worn and weary vessels which will one day split and shatter.
And, free our souls from their earthly bondage . . .
I look at the young me. Pretty on the outside. Hurting, confused and lost on the inside.
For she had yet to accept Christ in her heart.
I look at the now me. Aging on the outside. Content, at peace, filled with love and conviction on the inside.
Because, Jesus is the Lord of my life.
And, I realize with a smile.
I'm not getting older.
I'm getting better . . .
What does the phrase "to age gracefully" mean to you?
Will you pray with me?
As our bodies age, Father, help us to accept ourselves and others for who we and they are on the inside and not on the outside. Let our inner beauty, the treasure You have given us, shine through to others no matter how old or how young they are. Thank You for all the blessings of this life. Amen.
Psalms 22 or 141, 143
2 Corinthians 4:1-12