Give me a word, Lord: ONE MORE TRIP AROUND THE SUN

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Well, Peeps, God has blessed me with one more trip around the sun. Yep, I’m officially one year older today. As I look back on this past trip around the sun, I could easily get discouraged. If I allowed myself to only reflect on the bad things of the year, it wouldn’t seem like I had a very good year, but I have to admit, 53 was a pretty good year for me. I’m willing to bet that 54 will be even better. Oh, but my body is trying to get old before my mind, and I have to keep it in check. My fingers are knotted up with arthritis to the extent that my right index finger points only to the right, even if I’m pointing it to the left. LOL. My right knee has started making this cute little creaking noise when I walk up and down the stairs. Just for fun, my neck decided it would join the party. For the past three weeks, my right arm has been going numb from my neck to my fingertips. A c-spine x-ray told me that I need an MRI, and oh yea, just for giggles, let’s go ahead and get a bone density because the x-ray also showed osteopenia. My bones aren’t the only things that are getting thin. My hair is falling out by the handful, and it seems to be turning more gray every single day. Yes, I think it’s safe to say that my body is trying to turn against me, but I won’t let it win. People ask me how I get so much accomplished in a day, and I have to say part of the reason is because I know that if I stay down too long, I might not be able to get back up with these decrepit joints of mine. But the real answer is: Jesus! I can’t accomplish anything without Him, but with Him, I can accomplish much.

Now, I could sit here and whine and complain about my ailments, but I’m not going to do that. I like to laugh at my crooked fingers and creaking knee, and I learned a long time ago that complaining doesn’t make anything better. I find it just makes me feel worse. Besides, even though my exterior may be falling apart, my interior is becoming more put together every single year that passes. I really love the person that I am becoming. Over the past few years, I have truly drawn closer to my Lord and Savior, and in doing so, I have learned to love me a little bit better. After all, I am God’s masterpiece! It says so right there in the Bible, so I know it’s true. I don’t know exactly why this masterpiece has all these arthritic problems, but I’m pretty sure God thought I needed this to bring glory to Him. So I’m just going to glorify Him.

Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Read that again. We are His masterpiece, and He created us anew in Christ so that we can do the good things that He planned for us. He created us anew in Christ. He did this so that we can do the good things that He has planned for us. Isn’t that amazing? It is so reassuring to know that no matter how bad or challenging the day looks, God has good things planned for us, and He has created us anew through Christ so that we can accomplish those good things. I have absolutely enjoyed watching God’s plans unfold in my life. He has really shown out over the past couple of years, and I am so thankful for the goodness He has given me.

I may be 54 years old today, but I still don’t feel like I’m a fully grown up Christian. I still have so much to learn. I have so many things that I need to do. I feel that I fall short every single day, and I think that is one reason God keeps giving me another day….every day that we open our eyes, we are given one more day to glorify our Father. We are given one more day to accomplish the plans that He has for us. I’m so thankful for second chances…third chances…fourth chances…and a million other chances. Each day, we are given one more day to rejoice in Him, serve our Father, and glorify Him. Yes, my friends, this is the day that the Lord has made, and I will most certainly rejoice and be glad in it! How about you?

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