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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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January 28, 2013 - The Old Cadillac

By Jerry D. Scott

She drove by with nothing left of her former elegance. Some 30 years ago, the Cadillac Coupe De Ville was the top of the line; now she was just a shabby old car with fainted paint, weak springs, and a smoking engine. It became a metaphor for life in that moment.

If the car had been maintained carefully over the years, the old coupe would almost be a classic. She could have been renewed and kept her beauty; but it was evident her end was near, her destiny a scrap yard.

I imagined what the car's life cycle might have been. Her first owner was an older man, who bought her for luxury, perhaps the first Cadillac in his life at a time when he could finally afford one. He washed and polished the Caddy, storing her in his garage between drives.

Then, when the man died, the car passed to a son who filled her up with his kids and their friends. She could haul a team and their gear! When the grandson was ready to drive, she was starting to show her age, and she passed on to the young man as a "first car." Her time with him was a rough couple of years, and she was finally traded off to a used car lot. It was a downhill slide from there to her present condition.

January 2013 is about to end. A month of this new year is practically over, and we're all contemplating another year of our own advancing age. But older doesn't have to mean "worn out." We can grow in value and beauty, but only if we choose to live in a way that renews and maintains, that "redeems the time" (Ephesians 5:16).

The wise person sees how quickly life slips into being controlled by circumstances, habits and sin. So, with the riches of Christ the Redeemer, he buys ownership of his days so they can be used for good and for God's glory!

If we simply use up each day, "killing time" with self-indulgence and laziness and drifting with the current, our years will quickly slip past and we will find ourselves used up and worn-out. But if we invest our days in loving worship of our God and in loving service to our brothers, we will become saints of great beauty.

That is why the Scripture urges us to "get out there and walk — better yet, run! — the road God called you to travel. I don't want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don't want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline — not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love" (Ephesians 4:1,2, The Message).

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Faith Discovery Church (Assemblies of God) in Washington, N.J.

 

 

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