We just received word that one of my old golfing friends was injured today while getting ready to move. I don’t know any of the details so I’m just going to speak generally about old guys not knowing their limitations. Little by little the clock slowly saps our vitality and we are not as strong or as balanced (physically) as we used to be. It is difficult to accept so we climb ladders when we should be on the ground paying someone to climb ladders for us. We carry boxes down stairs when we should just hurl them down instead of hurling ourselves down. We want to take off our shirts in front of the mirror and show off our guns but reality is too embarrassing. We wear long sleeved shirts to cover the sagging wrinkled skin hanging below our elbows.
Knowing one’s limitations is very important to survival. When I speak of survival I am not limiting it to these 80 or so years. We all need to think about eternal survival and accept the fact that we just can’t do it ourselves. Neither do we have the physical ability or the moral ability to convince God that we are good enough. It might be a bit hard on our sense of self-worth but once accepted we can then get on with the serious business of being saved. And just how do we get on with it? We acknowledge that we are sinners, we repent, we accept the Gift offered to us by God and then get happy because it is a done deal.
Always remember Ephesians 2:8 states, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
Written by Roger Bothwell on June 4, 2014
Spring of Life, PO Box 124, St. Helena, CA 94574