Outward Wasting vs. Inward Renewal

As another birthday approaches and I edge closer to a new decade of life, I realize daily that I’m not getting any younger. One of my biggest desires is to age gracefully, but as hair turns grey and my body aches on the daily; I’ve been pondering a lot what that actually looks like, practically. When I read the first part of 2 Corinthians 4:16 I think, “Duh, of course my outward self is wasting away. I can see that with my own two eyes.” But, the second part of that verse is where I need to rest as I examine my own heart. Is my inward self, my internal space, my heart, is it actually being renewed daily? Is it flourishing? Or, is it wasting away, matching my outer shell? More importantly, as I seek to age gracefully, is my focus on improving my insides while at the same time being content as my outsides waste away? Lord, let it be so.

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