Aging: “Life begins at 40!” That is what we claim when we reach that hallmark and begin to realize that this trip we are on does not go on forever. I remember receiving flowers when I turned forty. They were sent anonymously. Maybe because they had been taken from the cemetery dump and were all dead and shriveled (just like me)! I checked my birth certificate the other day and discovered it had expired! We have various ways of dealing with the truth that the end is growing ever closer, most involve humor, which makes the dealing a little easier. But the fact is from the least to the most, from the youngest to the oldest, we are all moving toward a date with the Grim Reaper. Now scientists are trying to discover the Fountain of Youth. They have made strides in recent years. Science Daily in 2010 reported that they discovered the gene that controls aging. It is called DAF-16. They think they can use this information to improve our health long into the latter part of our lives. I am all for that! Then in May of this year they reported that by inducing the enzyme telomerase, they managed to make mice live as average of 24% longer. Now why they want to make mice live longer, I don’t know. I suppose I will have to go and buy more mousetraps. But even if they manage to transfer this to humans, it will only add a few years. In the year AD 1000 the average life ended around 42. We already have nearly doubled that, so I do not believe it is out of the realm of possibility that it can continue to lengthen beyond the present 76.2 for men and 81.2 for women. Add 24% and we are still a long, long way from Methuselah. So what are we going to do with all this extra time? Will it help us prepare or lull us into procrastinating still more? I doubt there is a more important priority than that announced by the prophet Amos (4:12): “Therefore . . . prepare to meet your God!”
Moving 700 miles will do that. Only the things I needed were packed in the suitcases. Boxes of books were the main things in the car. I brought two suits, two sport coats, two or three pairs of slacks and socks and dress shoes.
Yes, there were a few other items, but many things were left behind or purchased at my new home.
It’s good to throw out some old things and start with new. Make sure you keep the good things and get rid of those things you don’t need or may be bad for you.
About 30-years ago, I had a tie I had worn to our wedding. At the time, I thought it was a pretty good-looking tie. My wife never liked it. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember what happened to that tie. It was there one day, and gone the next.
Sometimes we carry around thoughts, feelings and habits we should lose. The Apostle Paul wrote, “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth,” (Colossians 3:8 ESV).
But we must also be ready to put good things back. In the same context, Paul wrote, “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony,” (Colossians 3:12-14 ESV).
“Honey, remember that gray, red and silver tie I wore at our wedding?”
A new beginning would be when one is baptized into Christ (Galations 3:26-27) he or she becomes a “new creation” in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). A transformation or metamorphosis takes place (Romans 12:2), the “old man” of sin is crucified (Romans 6:6) and the “new man” of righteousness emerges (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10).