Dare 2B Daring - July 24, 2018
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“The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be…many long years ago.” – American folk song, author unknown
A couple of weeks ago, I was filling out an online application to renew my passport. Deanna is taking me on a $99 cruise to the Bahamas for my birthday (I guess it’s cheap because it falls during hurricane season); and even though a photo driver’s license and an original birth certificate is sufficient proof of ID, I wanted a valid passport in case I accept a standing invitation to minister in Kenya’s prisons again in 2019.
The application was several pages long, but I was able to complete it without any assistance… except for one question: “What is your hair color?” For as long as I can remember, I’ve always answered “brown” just like I’ve always listed my eye color as “hazel”. But something told me that I’d better ask for a second opinion this time, especially since an American passport is valid for 10 years.
“Honey,” I asked Deanna, “what color is my hair?”
“Well, the back is mostly brown,” she replied, “but the rest is almost completely gray.” By the way she smiled when she said that, I couldn’t tell if she was empathizing with me or rubbing it in! In any case, I took one last look in the mirror and wrote “gray” on the appropriate line… and then hit the “send” button before I could change my mind.
Last year, we moved into a 55 & over community. This year, my hair color is officially gray. What’s next? Knee replacement, a hearing aid, and false teeth?
Seriously, my knees – albeit arthritic – have a few good miles left on them and my hearing, while somewhat diminished, is still adequate enough. As for my teeth, I can proudly say that I don’t have a single cavity or filling in my entire mouth (at least until my next check-up).
Yes, this old gray “steed” ain’t what he used to be. But do you know what? I’m glad that I’m not!
It’s true that my outward man is perishing, but my inward man is being renewed day by day (2 Cor. 4:6). And while there is no doubt that I can’t run as fast or jump as high as I once did, I think it’s safe to say that I am wiser now than I was in my teens, 20s, 30s, or 40s.
Life teaches you a lot… and so does walking with Jesus.
“The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.” Proverbs 16:31 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President