Inside Out

Therefore, do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.                        (II Corinthians 4:16)

My body is wearing out – aches and pains when I roll out of bed in the morning. My mind is not as sharp as it used to be 25 years ago. My skin is getting thinner and I bruise more easily. My hair is grey. I can’t run quite as fast as I did in high school.

As I get older, I see things differently. The “things” that seemed so important to me have passed away. I used to have my nails done every two weeks because they had to look perfect. Colored my hair for 25 years. (French women don’t shave their armpits, but I can’t go that far). We spend so much time, effort and money on our outward appearance. Do I spend as much time and effort working on the inside?

What’s on the inside is what really counts. God calls me to his glory and doesn’t care about my outward appearance. He cares about what I believe in. I am a jar of clay. I am frail and can be broken easily, but when the clay shards are re-gathered, they make beautiful mosaics. Perhaps my jar prevents me from seeing the light of Jesus that is tucked on my inside. Perhaps we need to be broken more often. Perhaps our outside shields us from the glory that God wants inside. Fill my jar. Quench my thirst with your healing spirit. When my body aches on the outside, heal my spirit and fill me with joy on the inside.

Dear Lord, despite my body aging and losing some of its earlier exterior beauty, fill me with joy for eternity. Renew my spirit each day. Give me forward motion to always compel me to walk toward the eternal prize – clothed in the robes of your glory as I break free from this earthly body. This body is not my home. I thank you and praise you and trust that you will continue to turn me inside out for you.

Let your beauty shine through me to be your light in the world. Amen

Carole Schumacher

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