The Focus


Everyday I will look in the mirror multiple times … and most of the time I don’t even notice ‘it’! But this morning as I gazed at myself in the mirror … I noticed ‘it’! What is ‘it’? ‘It’ is – – I’m getting older! Yikes!

My skin doesn’t look like I’m 17 anymore … there’s wrinkles where there didn’t use to be any … and what hair I have left is now growing out of nose and ears or it has changed color !! There’s really not much that I can do to slow down this aging process. (Although, the Bosley Hair commercials on T.V. always grab my attention!) Recently, I did consider coloring my hair, but my wife canceled that idea. Too bad, I’ve always wanted to be blonde!!

It’s hard to see things grow old … like the little town you were raised in, the house you grew up in, your parents, or even your friends. Aren’t there times you wish you could turn the clock back? I know there are certainly moments when I yearn to somehow make it all ‘new’ again … but I can’t.

But … GOD CAN!!

Recall what the shepherd David wrote … “He restores my soul.” God doesn’t reform … He restores. God doesn’t camouflage the old … He makes it new again. The Master Builder will pull out the original plan and restore it!

Some of you may recall the horrible shooting at Columbine High School years ago. Cassie Bernall was a student who was murdered in that rampage. Her brother, Chris, wrote this poem following her funeral …

“Now I have given up on everything else – I have found it to be the only way to really know Christ and to experience the mighty power that brought Him back to life again, and to find out what it means to suffer and die with Him. So, whatever it takes I will be one who lives in the fresh awareness of life of those who are alive from the dead.”

Mmmmmm … the sweet, refreshing, fragrant scent of HOPE. Indeed, this is the message of Christ. He brings HOPE! He is capable of making all things new!

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, then allow His Holy Spirit to remind you of His incredible HOPE and then be sure to share the message of HOPE with an unashamed boldness!

By Dennis Wheeler

Dennis Wheeler is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with his weekly column The Focus. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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