Today’s Challenges: I want a new one…


I was doing some work at our house the other day and I kind of overdid it. I worked on different projects for probably about five hours and I was so tired that I really didn’t feel like doing anything else the rest of the day. You probably know how that feels, just worn out.

The other day I saw an “older gentleman,” with a tee shirt that had a caption with which I could identify. It said, “This Body… One owner, High Mileage, Needs work!” Simple, straight forward, to the point! That describes me at times… and perhaps you also.

Folks often say that it would be great to “turn back the clock,” to a time when we were younger, with the addition of keeping the knowledge we have now. Yes, that is very appealing; a younger body, no aches, no pains, smooth skin, strong muscles, but at this point even with all of our medical technology it is just not possible; at least not possible here on earth.

I heard a story about a little boy who came running to his father and said, “Dad, I just figured what the Bible is about.” His days, said, “Really, what is it about?” The son answered, “It’s on the front, “B.I.B.L.E. and it means, Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.” I guess he got it right, didn’t he; that just about sums it up. That is what the Bible is all about, because we for sure are not going to stay here on earth forever.

At times I’m ready for that change, the older I get the more I understand the power of the promise. That’s the promise the Apostle Paul was trying to help us understand in 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 where he said: “But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.”(NLT)

Yes, I’m ready for a new one, a new body, one like Jesus, no more pain, no more weariness; no more parts that sometimes refuse to cooperate. There is a time coming when my ‘High mileage” body will be traded in for a new one. That’s what I planning for, that what I’m looking forward to! How about you?

By Russ Lawson

Today’s Challenges

Russ Lawson is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with his column Today’s Challenges. He is semi-retired and an elder at the Mid-County Church of Christ. He can be reached at [email protected]. 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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