“You’ve lost part of your tooth. You’ll need a crown.”
My recent trip to the dentist was yet another reminder that my outer man is wasting away. Other such current reminders include sore legs and hips from increasing my step count each day, a bad leg that resulted from blood-clot complications years ago, a lack of ability to smell and taste as a result of COVID-19 back in November, a messed up nose due to a basketball injury and a whole host of other things.
As difficult as it is to get older (I'm just a few months away from senior discounts; score!), I appreciate each ache. It means I’m alive. And it means I've lived.
As Christians, we often say we're just passing through this world – on our way to something far better. And that is absolutely true. But while we're here, we can live with joy. In fact, J. C. Ryle once said, "The true Christian is the only happy man, because he has sources of happiness entirely independent of this world."
A such, I embrace right here, right now.
Meanwhile, the time is short, as the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 7:29. All the more reason to love God and one another in this very moment.
My aches and pains remind me that I have work to do and that I had better get to it. Letters to write. Prayers to pray. Conversations to have. And friendships to develop.
If you want some food for thought, read this sermon by Spurgeon about time being short. I've sent it to my e-reader because I want to reread it often.