I woke up the other day and felt old. My bones and muscles ached like never before and I started to wonder if I was coming down with something or if it was just my crazy hormones. As I struggled to get my day started, I wondered if this was the new norm. I don’t know about you, but as I get closer to turning 40 I think about how my life will continue to change. Will I be more confident and sure of myself? Will I have a greater sense of purpose for my life?
Up until now I know that I’ve changed a lot. I’m not the same person that I was when I was in my 20’s or even my early 30’s. I know that God and all of the experiences that we’ve faced together have made me a new person. The bible describes this as a process of renewal when it says:
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
My friends, as I read this every single word in these scriptures rings true in my heart. And while I would love to have the same amount of energy and the smoother skin that I had when I was in my 20’s, I know that I wasn’t much better off then when the inside was in such desperate need of renewal.
Today, I’m thankful that I can look back on those momentary troubles as a launching pad for the renewal of my heart. No, these troubles were not fun experiences and I have several gray hairs on my head and wrinkles on my skin to prove it, but every single one of these troubles has been essential to my growth. And it has brought about a new beginning for me even as I get older.
With God it is never too late to begin again. God doesn’t care about my age or yours. He can still use me and as I studied the book of Acts recently I began to understand this more. It describes how the lives of these new believers were changed profoundly as they gradually turned from their old ways to God’s ways. The bible says,
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
It didn’t matter how old they were. All that mattered was that they believed and this changed everything. It gave them a new sense of purpose. It changed their hearts and as a result those around them were also impacted. They were renewed, day by day. And for that, we can all be thankful.
Walking in Grace,