“That is why we are not discouraged. Though outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)
Within a period of about six weeks, two different doctors looked at me and sent me to the lab; each doctor was convinced I needed a blood transfusion, the second doctor assured me I would need at least two units of blood. Well it turned out I only “looked like a starving vampire”–in both cases my blood count was fine.
Recently I was told that a family member, who happens to be in the fourth stage of cancer, thought that I looked really bad.
Four years ago, at five foot ten inches tall, I weighed 225 pounds. Last winter I weighed 185 pounds. Right now I would be amazed if I could hit the 150 pound mark. I know something of what it means to see the outward man perishing.
Thank God that we are more than our outward shell. Thankfully our true self is the one that exists inwardly, our personality, our likes and dislikes, our loves and hates–all come from within where our true self exists.
God looks at the heart. He measures each of us by who we really are, by who we are on the inside. Some people look very good on the outside. Some people are pure muscle and look as strong as Hercules.
Others are so beautiful that their faces are seen on all the magazines. But God sees past all that into the heart.
You may feel like me. You may hardly recognize the person you see in the mirror. You may wonder what happened to the strength you once had. Such changes can be devastating to us if we let them. I think that is why the Bible continually reminds us we have a better home awaiting us, that even though we may fade while on this earth, we will shine in heaven.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we long for the day when we are renewed, until then give us grace and strength on this earth. Amen.
About The Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He has both Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Crohn’s Disease.
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