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Since the days of Ponce de Leon, people have been searching
for the illusive fountain of youth. With all the advancements of medical
science, we still haven’t found the magic elixir—the best we can do is
give a person a more youthful appearance by promoting a healthy lifestyle
or by using cosmetics or cosmetic surgery. No matter what we do, we all
get a day older every twenty-four hours.
Though no one has figured out how to stop the aging process, scientists
do know what causes it. According to Amy Ellis Nutt, “We age not because
our cells die but because they stop dividing.” (Reader’s Digest, November
2003, p. 74)
Nothing can stay the same, either it is growing (giving of itself
by dividing) or it is deteriorating. What is true of our cells is true
of our faith. The minute we shift into a self-preservation mode and are
only concerned about our needs, and ourselves we begin to deteriorate spiritually.
That’s why it is so important to serve the Lord and to give to His work.
Not only does our service and donations make a difference for Kingdom causes,
they help keep us spiritually young and vibrant.
Spiritual vitality has nothing to do with chronological age and
everything to do with attitude. While I was in Albuquerque, I was
privileged to have two retired pastors in the church, both of whom went
to be with the Lord during my tenure. At each of their funerals,
I was able to relate stories about ministry they were doing the final week
of their lives. Though their bodies wore out, their spirits never
did. They served well to the end.
Whether you are young or old physically, you can stay young spiritually
if you will continue to grow.
“Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.
 For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God.”
(Colossians 3:2-3 HCSB)
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