Chapter-a-Day Exodus 9

HomestretchBut 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.

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One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Exodus 9”

  1. Yesterday I thought about keeping promises, today a similar thought, but along the lines of follow through with punishment.
    6-7 And the next day God did it.
    God didn’t just threaten to punish Pharaoh to change behavior and then not follow through with it. He did what He said He would do. The same parenting lesson is good for me. Don’t threaten punishment to change my kids’ behavior and forget to follow through. Kids pick up on this sooooooo fast…..

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