By Joe Chesser It seems like it was just last week when school let out for the summer. And now, here it is, the first week of another school year. Where has the time gone? It brings to mind the lyrics of an old song, “... ain’t it funny how time slips away.”
While it may be funny for some to sing about, others see the swift
passing of time as somewhat depressing. I’m sure that’s why people have
tried for many centuries to fight the aging process. Everything has
been tried from searching for the fountain of youth to the invention of
miracle wrinkle creams, from hair coloring to hair implants, from
exercise & vitamins to plastic surgery. But deep down we all know
that there is nothing we can do about the aging process. We can try to
lengthen our life-span. We can help our bodies look and feel better
longer. But is there anything we can do to overcome the aging process?
Yes, and no.
Physically speaking, for every generation since Adam and Eve “there
is a time to be born and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:2). It’s
simply the way God has designed life on earth. It’s all a part of the
laws God established after Eden. And while we may manipulate those laws
to some extent, the aging process continues to plug along.
This would be very depressing if we were only physical beings.
But we’re not. We not only have a body, we also have a soul. And it is
this aspect of our existence that gives us hope of overcoming the aging
process. Notice how Paul puts it:
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. For what is seen is temporary, but what is
unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
I don’t know about you, but I kind of like the idea of being
renewed day by day. I like the idea that what I see in a mirror graying
and wrinkling is only temporary at best. I really like the idea that
as a Christian, not only am I being renewed spiritually each day, I also
have in the future an eternal glory that far exceeds anything this
earth can offer, one that overcomes all the troubles and heartaches with
which this world so cruelly tries to destroy me. I don’t care that my
hair is turning gray and turning loose. I don’t care that I can’t stop
the aging process because that would only prolong receiving the eternal
glory with God that’s awaiting me!
- Joe Chesser preaches for the Fruitland Church of Christ, Fruitland,
MO. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: