Our Body May Be Tired, But We Are Not Wasting Life Away. The Eternal Matters!

 Though outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are renewed day by day“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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3 thoughts on “Our Body May Be Tired, But We Are Not Wasting Life Away. The Eternal Matters!

  1. Thank you for this post, came by from Lisa Copen’s tweet. I in all honesty was very beautiful, maybe not Hollywood beautiful, but always prettiest woman in the room kind of thing, you know?

    I am only 41 and still could be beautiful if I had the health and energy to put on make-up, wear nice clothes and do my hair. Sometimes I wonder if when I am old will I look back and regret that I missed out on many more beautiful years, that is the God’s honest truth, no matter what anyone may think about me.

    Thank you for the reminder that we are so much more than what WE see in the mirror.

    I also loved what your wrote about your family member with cancer remarking on your appearance, although of course I wish him or her well.

  2. KARLTON;HELLO THOMAS KANE HERE.I THOUGHT ID DROP YOU ANOTE AND THANK YOU FOR SHARING,ALSO I WANTED TO TELL YOU TO A DEGREE ICAN RELATE TO SOME OF WAHT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH AS I HAVE RSD FOR 14 YEARS AND CHRONIC PAINFOR THE SAME.I HAVE DEFINITELY LOST STAMINA THAT I HAD BEFORE MY ELECTROCUTION.I ALSO DONT HAVE THE AVAILABLE STRENGTHBECUASE OF FATIGUE.ICAN FORCE IT,BUT THERE IS NODOUBT IM NOT THE SAME.I ACHE ALL DAY .DONT FEEL LIKE MOVING UNTIL MY PAIN SETTLES.SO I TOO LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY OF RENEWAL.I HANK GOD FOR MY DAYS NOW AND ASK FOR HIS STRENGTH IN GETTING THROUGH.BUT ITS NICE TO THINK OF ADAY OF PAIN FREE.

  3. Karlton, I am so encouraged and inspired by your devotional. Well expressed and it is so true.

    We truly are more than our challenges, whatever shape they come.
    There is a good reason we are told in Scripture that “when we are weak, He can be strong”. He demonstates that to me daily. I’ll bet our other readers will say an “Amen” to that, as well.

    Thanks for sharing!
    With care,
    Lynn

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