Old and New


What does not last

From our backyard we can watch the demolition of a 1962 university residence hall.

Nearby is a residence hall under construction.

Someday this new facility may well be considered outdated and be replaced.

Such is life.

What does last

As a boy I heard a song on the radio called “This Ole House”—comparing the aging process to a house falling into disrepair–soon to be abandoned for something far better.

Paul wrote, “For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 5:1).

This promise is for those who submit in obedient faith to “Jesus Christ . . . the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

Is this your hope?

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Looking Ahead

What if?

When our son Monte was five, he asked his mom, “What if you and Daddy break your hip at the same time? Then we wouldn’t have any mommy and daddy to take care of us.”

“We’d find somebody to take care of you for awhile,” she said. “Besides, it’s usually old people who break their hip.”

He thought a moment, then said, “You’re getting old, aren’t you?”

What now?

How should a Christian feel about growing older?

“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison . . .” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17).

Hope of glory.

Even with a broken hip.

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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The Perspective of Age

Growing older: pros & cons

I have been a senior three times in my life: in high school, in college, and now as one in the senior age group.

Like most who’ve been around awhile, I’m finding that growing older has its challenges. The body doesn’t cooperate like it used to (Ecclesiastes 12).

But then aging does have its advantages—in addition to the grandkids, retirement, and senior discounts, nice as those are.

Among our assets are happy memories, things we’ve learned along the way, and the satisfaction of accomplishments we could never have achieved without God’s help.

What experience teaches

We can know from personal experience that God really does keep His promises. “I have been young and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his descendants begging bread” (Psalm 37:25).

It isn’t just a matter of aging gracefully, but of aging gratefully in the grace of God.


Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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