Friday, July 24, 2009

We Can Be Heroes: The Geezer

The Chronicle's "Star" section has a joke every day. Most of the time, the jokes are pretty lame--even by preacher standards. But one this past week made me smile. "Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician." It reminded me of Tommy Nelson's comment at the start of his famous "Song of Solomon" presentation. He would ask all the engaged and newlywed couples to take a good long look at their beloved. Then he would say, "Enjoy that. That's the best he or she is ever going to look!"

Point taken. As much as we may want to fight it, old age is coming for all of us. Father time is still undefeated. The only way to keep from getting old is to die young. But maybe, just maybe, old age isn't as bad as we make it out to be. Maybe, just maybe, God can do things in our lives when we're "over the hill" that He won't do for us when we're young, vain and arrogant. This Sunday, as we continue to look at God's unlikely heroes, we'll study the story of a feisty old geezer named Caleb. I promise it'll make you smile...and might just put some fire in your bones for the Kingdom of God, no matter what your age.

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