Slow burn

“The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, If it is found in the way of righteousness. He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:31-33‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Slow burn

Humanity appears to be in a headlong race to accumulate as many things and experiences as possible. There are so many young people who are close to burning out, for there are no more worlds to conquer. With each passing day, news of some young celebrity dying comes through the media, or reports of a teen shot and killed by other teens over the most minor of things. Young lives burning fast and bright, and gone all too soon.

I am at a place where my days are slowing down, where I am no longer running to and fro, trying to accomplish this or that. I have time to slow and rejoice in the presence of the Lord.

Reading Proverbs sixteen, I liked the idea that my graying head is a crown of glory. I know that I have earned every one of those strands of silver, and that are a badge of honor. I have survived, thanks be to God, to have them, and they are a sign of the hope that I have gained some wisdom over the years.

As a follower of Jesus, my mane of silver reflects the passing of time, but it cannot show the inward transformation that has happened in me. The Spiritual me has been renewed and is being renewed further with each passing day. God is making me a new man, and one day His word on the inside will be manifested on the outside when I am glorified.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
II Corinthians 4:16-18 NKJV

When I look at the things that seem to be shortening lives these days, so much of it can be narrowed down to anger and rage. What used to be settled with firsts, has now come to guns and knives. Slights that were easily ignored, now prompt pone to acts of violence, that more often than not harm the innocents who just happen to be caught in the crossfire.

It is better in these times to be slow to anger, to look upon everything we may endure from the perspective of eternity. What we endure in here and now, is nothing compared to the glory to come. May we are believers remained focus on all of that and not swept up in the striving of the world.

Brothers and sisters, let us be about the Father’s business, focused on going out daily and sharing the Good News. God has given us an occupation that does not waste our time, does not dissipate our energies, but builds on our eternal treasure. We offer a message that brings life.

Let us go forth with temperance, burning brightly for the Lord, but more slowly, that we endure and complete the mission that we have been given. We are working for a cause that has eternal implications, and we will enjoy the fruits of our labors forever more.



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