I don’t know about you but my week has certainly been up and down. This scripture I read recently seemed to say it well:
“7 But this beautiful treasure is contained in us—cracked pots made of earth and clay—so that the transcendent character of this power will be clearly seen as coming from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
Thank goodness there is beautiful treasure hiding in this cracked pot of a body! However, I feel like I really have to go digging for that treasure more and more often. Especially as I age, I am more and more aware of the cracked pot vessel that I am. My knee is not working like I want. I can’t read the print in newspaper. I get anxious easily. I have to keep to a routine to keep my Seasonal Affect Disorder depression under some type of control in the winter. I like naps.
This whole list reminds me of my aging body and the fact that I am getting older. In my mind, I’m still around 30. My calendar says add 30 years to that! How do I continue to wonder, grow and accept the changes my body is bringing? I want to unearth the beautiful treasure God has placed inside of me. I want His power to be clearly seen.
First, I think, for me I am more and more in love with God each day. He loves me abundantly – more than I can possibly image. I continue to be amazed at how real that one concept has become
“I will never leave you or forsake you.” “Daughter I know your name.”
This growing intimacy and love with God are healing the parts of my soul and depression that I didn’t know could be healed. According to Jeanne Guyon, an amazing French mystic writer from the late 1600’s, in her book, Intimacy with Christ
“God loves you; let this fix everything.”
Second, as I age, I am looking to be more grateful of the life I have instead of racing to the future. I am not saying I am there yet, but it’s about trusting God with my future. I am to be thanking and praising Him for the little things of the day to settle my heart.
It still depends on the day but my vision is to practice life more fully present. Dr. Caroline Leaf, in her book, Switch On Your Brain, has me practicing thanksgiving, praise and worship each morning. What a great way to start the day!
Third, I want to pass on this love and beautiful treasure He has given me. This treasure can shine through me to bless others.. I want to pray more, be intentional with my time and be intentional with blessing others I want to be sensitive to how God is working in the people around me.
I know aging makes me more sensitive to the passing of time. It gives me a different perspective. I want to ponder the passing of time as a gift, not a curse. I want these years to be the wonder years; leaving a legacy of a beautiful treasure of love to my family, friends and community. I want to know they saw God’s love through a cracked pot.
How about you? How is growing older going for you? Comment below or leave at comment on my facebook page: NancyBoothCoaching. What are you doing to share your beautiful treasure?
Nancy Booth is a certified life coach and certified brain-based coach. She loves creating safe spaces for women going through life’s transitions to discover and support their visions for health and well-being in an overwhelming world, explore possibilities for next steps and find hope. She writes about taming the overwhelm and reducing stress, looking for ways to motivate, energize and inspire you! You can sign up to receive her weekly blog or contact her to find out ways you can begin to shed overwhelm and stress. It’s time to explore possibilities of new relationships, better life pacing and gain hope and peace.