Wednesday, 15 December 2010

'When I'm 64'

Pensioner moi??
Every once in while we have humbling experiences  Sometimes our pride catches us out and at others its just our folly. Our self image is a powerful force which varying in intensity between different people, determines our mood, our daily activities and our generosity amongst many other characteristics. For some of us it can be over-inflated.

I was humbled last weekend when upon entering a car park I was greeted by a friendly attendant with the words, "only two pounds for you mate-we've got to look after our pensioners...this government won't..so I will."

Now for some of you this would have been a relief-saving a quid-but at the tender age 57 summers (well actually 56 summers, but 57 years-I was born in Autumn!), I was briefly mortified. Surely I don't look like a pensioner? Why it was only a minute ago that I was at school. And I'm so well preserved!  It must surely have been the flat cap and the unshaven appearance?

Well, whatever it was, this dear chap thought I was further down the road than I imagined I was. And in many ways we all are. So get your botox, go to the gym and wear 'young people's clothing' (one of my female work colleagues commented derisively about Pamela Stephenson on Strictly Come Dancing, 'she's a 60 year old dressing like a 30 year old'!!) if you must, but the years will roll on if you are spared. Somebody somewhere will call your bluff eventually.  And certainly our maker and creator,whom we must all face, is not fooled and we must all pass his way.

I was reading this morning some of the most well known verses in the Bible and yet again the beauty and wonder of God's sacrificial love struck me,
God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life John 3.16

I may age in this life, but because of the Christ  who went to Calvary via Bethlehem I need not 'perish'.
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