But Pharaoh stayed stubborn. He wouldn’t release the people. Exodus 9:7 (TM)
Am I maturing or am I just getting older?
As I stand on this stretch of life’s road, I can look back and think of those whom I have watched walking the final leg of their journeys; I’m struck by the differences I’ve seen. I’ve watched modern day Pharaohs – proud, stubborn, and petulant. They finish life’s journey as much a self-centered, strong-willed child as when they were toddlers.
I have watched others who are constantly maturing, growing, developing. Even in the last stages of their life you can see the rough edges of their character being sanded off. With each step of the journey they are changing. Pride, selfishness, and stubborness gives way to humility, love, goodness, gentleness and self-control.
I want to be the latter. My birthday is next week. I’m getting older (not old, mind you, just getting older). My thoughts are shifting. My perspectives are changing. I can feel it. I pray that from this day to my final step I am maturing, growing and developing. I hope that the depth and intimacy of my relationship with God and my loved ones is greater with each passing day – until I reach the journey’s end.