We should always carry a healthy self image of ourselves and realize how
special we really are. We should always see ourselves as beautiful,
magnificent, lovable, and worthy to receive every good and perfect gift
that comes from God. No matter our physical age, we should always remain
young at heart. We should keep our zeal for life and do our best to enjoy
every moment that God has given us on the Earth. We should never become
lackadaisical in our enthusiasm for life and believe the lie that our best
days are behind us and nothing ahead of us is worth looking forward to.
As long as we are alive, we have this day and the days ahead to enjoy the
beauty of God's creation to the best of our ability. The Lord has said
that man is of few days and many troubles, but troubles should not keep us
from enjoying life because the Lord Jesus said that in the world you will
have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world for you.
All that was required for us to have peace was accomplished on the Cross
when Jesus was crucified. He became our peace, our comfort, our strength,
our joy and our hope. And now all who believe in Him and receive Him as
Savior and Lord have secured their salvation and an eternity in Heaven.
Knowing of the joys that we have ahead of us in Heaven, let us also strive
to have the same joy, peace and happiness now in this time on the Earth.
Let us look forward to each new day with a refreshed outlook knowing that
we can do great things for ourselves as well as for those around us. No
matter how old you are physically, you can still retain the joy of a child
who sees things from a renewed and refreshed point of view. (Isaiah 53:4-7)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see life with
refreshed eyes. No matter your physical age, your real inner self is
ageless and can always see things with a refreshed outlook.
As I have moved into my forties now I have begun to see more and more that
body age has very little to do with soul age. My body keeps telling me
again and again that I am getting older. My soul, however, seems to laugh
at the thought. Just this morning I awoke to an aching back and stumbled
into the bathroom. I stretched and popped my back as much as I could and
then looked in the mirror. My thinning salt and pepper hair was mostly
salt. My forehead was lined with deep wrinkles and my frowning face made
me look like a tired, middle-aged man.
This depressed me but only for a few seconds. Then I remembered that
whether I grow old or grow young is very much up to me. I said, "good
morning" to God, thanked Him once again for my life and smiled in the
mirror. Amazingly, the wrinkles in my forehead disappeared while the laugh
lines around my eyes grinned with joy. My sleepy eyes began to sparkle and
I watched as fifteen years disappeared from my face in a second.
No matter how old this body of mine may get, my soul remains young. This
is true for all of you as well. Whether you are 18, 48 or 80, you can
still live with the love and laughter of an 8 year old. When it comes to
eternity, age is a number and the body is a liar. The only years that
matter are the years you spend loving others.
Before you get lost looking for the fountain of youth, take a look inside
of yourself. You may find that your spirit is still young, vital, happy,
and wrinkle free. You may see that the ability to give love and share joy
knows no age. You may realize that when it comes to eternity our lives are
here for only a brief moment in time. God created your soul and God
created the body that carries it around. One is temporary, but one is
forever. Don’t spend too much time then worrying about the one that won’t
last when you can be living for the one that will.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 100:1-3 “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the
LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that
the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we
are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.”
James 1:2-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers
temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire,
wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth
to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Colossians 3:15-17 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the
which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of
Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in
your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in
the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.”
Psalm 103:2-5 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who
redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness
and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy
youth is renewed like the eagle's.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry