Some of us experience it a bit sooner, others a bit later, but it is going to happen to all of us, because time is no respector of persons. And even if we don’t like the facts, they remain: skin loses its elasticity over time, and we all wind up with some degree of sagging skin. It’s just par for the course.

So we begin to talk about aging gracefully.

Or maybe we get skin enhancements with derma-fillers, which lift the skin, but the results aren’t permanent and the procedure must be done all over again. Yet for a short while, it gives the illusion that we haven’t really aged.

But the cold truth remains, whether we like it or not: as we age, skin sags.

Or maybe  we get face lifts, trying to fool time more aggressively. And it looks like we win the battle over time for a while; we pretend that we are better than others, and our skin didn’t sag like theirs did. Yet when all is said and done, time won’t be mocked, and all we did to slow down the mark of time in the mirror did not fool the clock.

Time marches on. 

So we go back to talking about aging gracefully. Because we finally realize that that is all that is left for us to do for our bodies.  These bodies we live in, they were not  meant to house us forever. They are only a shell for who we are.

And the shell wears out eventually, and the shell will lay down and die. And the shell will disintegrate and go back to the earth where it came from. Skin enhancements or not.

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But not so with the person who we truly are on the inside. That part of us remains forever.  There is a spirit within me that will never die.

Yet life lived on this earth has its way of digging its claw even in this eternal part of me, and that forever spirit within me can at times find itself sagging on the inside, mirroring the skin that holds it so gently.

But heart enhancements don’t work. 

The heart is too tender for collagen to boost it.

And heart-lifts don’t work, because there is no nip or tuck that can render newness on the inside.

And aging gracefully doesn’t work, for that heart tangled in soul and spirit is eternal. It doesn’t age, really. It stands outside of time.

Life enhancements are needed when that eternal heart finds itself weary as though it lived  inside of time. Liquid gold for the soul. An infusion of truth that reminds the captive heart of its jubilee.

Life enhancements are free for the taking, and they go on forever. They don’t thin out, wear out, give out. They never get rejected, for the life on the inside delights in more of itself.

They are free for the taking, but they are very pricey. They are free for the taking, but they cost Him His life. It’s a simple equation.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp

#452 Homemade popcorn while listening to an audio book

#451 A crackling fire in our little stove tonight

#450 A spectacular sunrise this morning


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