"I'm Not What I Used to Be"

I have watched my dad in his aging process. I am facing my own “not what I used to be.” What works during one stage of life does not necessarily work in the next. My dad and I both have lived life from a standpoint of crises are faced with great effort. I am reminded of Boxer’s answer to all of life’s crises in Animal Farm of “I will work harder.” That is a go-to response in our family. That might work well when you are young, but as you get older, it doesn’t work quite so well. The body and the mind simply can’t absorb the shock of hitting it harder over and over again. Proverbs 20:29 says, “The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is their gray head” (NKJ

The Observer

We like to believe that our minds have the ability to decide but most of our decisions are actually made at a deeper level: the heart. Many who give the mind a leading role in spiritual experience, quote Proverbs 23:7a, “As he thinks in his heart, so is he is” (NKJV). The problem is that the word translated “thinks” in this verse is not translated “thinks” any other place in the Old Testament. A good translation of the word is “gatekeeper.” As a man gatekeepers in his heart, so is he. What could that mean? I believe the gatekeeper is the spirit. It controls the thought life much more than the thought life controls the spirit. A person with an independent spirit will be suspicious of a

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