Devotions

Needing Renewal

2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV):  Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

I felt overwhelmed this week. The first Monday of this new year brought with it a list of tasks that were way too much for me to handle. I was trying to learn a new system for my work that was straining me to my limits. I had a new person in our home that simply changed the dynamics of what I was used to. Overall, I was losing heart. Add to that the fact that I’m getting older… outwardly I am wasting away!

I have a feeling that I am not alone. Life can be tough at times. Especially after wonderful Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, getting back to “normal” can stink.

Fortunately, I have two amazing things going for me. First, my sweet wife loves me in spite of me. She encouraged me. The impact that she had was profound. I felt loved. She encourages me to do the same for others.

The second amazing thing is that I have placed my faith in Jesus as my Savior and I trust Him as my Lord. As a result, I have the Holy Spirit inside of me and He gives me strength to overcome, especially when I have run out of my own strength.

Following Jesus means that even when I am overwhelmed, I can submit to Him and I can be renewed. I can regain strength. I can realize that even as my body deteriorates with age, my inner soul is being rejuvenated by God. Wow. I have a lot to look forward to.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I confess that sometimes I am not focusing on You. When I am not, I can lose heart. Thank you for renewing me. Thank you that everyday is a new day and that I get to spend every moment with You.

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