The Tent

It hasn’t happened often, but recently as I caught my reflection in the mirror on the way out the door, I saw a middle-aged guy – a VERY LATE middle-aged guy! I had exercised a little too hard the night before and I was achy all over, so I felt kind of old too. Then, to add a little salt to my wound, the friend I carpool with began our morning commute with this, “Dave, today on the ride to work, can I talk to you about how the aging process has affected you?” I kid you not! The funny thing is, I’m only 4 or 5 years older than him…lol

For the next 15 or 20 minutes we discussed the multitude of ways age has taken its toll on the ole’ bod – graying hair, lost hair, muscle aches and pains, sore joints, hearing loss, vision loss, slower healing from minor bumps and bruises, etc. Frankly, it was starting to get depressing. So, we quickly turned the coin over and began to voice thankfulness for the health that we each still very much possess.

As is our custom before we part ways, we spent a few minutes in prayer. That day, in addition to giving thanks for our relative good health, we prayed that God would give us an urgency to live out the rest of our days well and for His glory. We also thanked Him that once this tent is put away once and for all, He promises us an eternal home in heaven that will never wear out or run down.

The tent is definitely wearing thinner, but it’s not totally worn out yet. With His help, I’m going to get the most of it before I trade it in for my eternal home. Will you join me? –Dave

“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” (2 Cor 5:1)

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A Teachable Heart, as described in Mark 4:20, is 'good soil' that hears and understands God's Word, accepts it as His revealed truth, and applies it to produce fruit. Learn more about the ministry at: www.TheTeachableHeart.com
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