Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Growing Older -- But for the Better?

It's hard to believe that another birthday is just around the corner for me. You would think this doing-life thing would get easier as we go -- but it doesn't. I have been praying for a long time that the Lord would reveal to me things in my life that need to be pruned or replaced by the Spirit. I am under such conviction right now about how self-centered I am. And also, I am realizing how much I put my trust in things of this world rather than in God. But along with that, the Lord is also showing me that joy is not found in these things. Rather, it is found in delighting oneself in Him.

Yet, nearly 50 years of bad habits are hard to break. I pray every day that the Lord will let His Spirit possess me. But for that to happen, I have to make room for Him. And that involves clearing out some junk.

I guess we are never too old to be made new.

"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul . . . Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground." Psalm 143: 8, 10.


Josh Ross said...

That is what I admire about my earthly father--almost 50, yet he is fully aware that God isn't finished with him. Almost 50--yet still begging to be formed more and more into the image of Christ. Almost 50--yet he still humbly declares that he hasn't figured everything out yet.

jenny biz said...

Thanks for sharing Dad! That "clearing out the junk" thing is painful. When it happens to me, I always realize what ugliness I reflect at times.
Thanks for your wisdom and strength!
Can't wait to celebrate your b-day!

Rick Ross said...

I guess I need to clarify. I'm almost 50 in the sense of late 40's. My next birthday will still begin with 4, however.

Jeff said...

Great thoughts Rick. It's painful to think about all the pruning I need to take away the bad, useless stuff that invades my life. I want to be more Christ-like and yet I keep putting other stuff where Christ needs to be. My prayer is that He will push back when I try to shove the junk in.

Carmen said...

Thanks Rick for reminding me of the importance of letting God be the one ruling my life. I do not do a very good job when I try to go it alone so to speak. At times I feel like instead of pruning shears I need a chainsaw to clear all the obstacles I put in the way of my daily walk as a christian.

Thanks again Rick

No it's not Carmen it is.....


Beverly Ross said...

I LOVE that I get to grow old with you! You are such a man seeking God. Thank you for your wisdom and direction! I am praying for you and with you.