A whole new world
As the saying goes, “getting old is not for the weak.” These past few months, I am learning the truth to that statement more and more each day and I’ve had to face the hard fact that I am getting older.
On the negative side, I tend to wobble more as I walk and wander around the house. I start out heading toward the refrigerator, but end up in front of the dishwasher. More and more I head into another room to pick up something and, not only forget what room I was going to, but have forgotten what I was going to get. I start a sentence and then realize I don’t have a clue what the rest of the sentence was about. Or what the subject was. Or, why I was even saying what I was saying.
I am having more and more health issues ... some light and some a bit heavier that give me a glimpse of my own mortality. My back hurts and I find myself making the “old man noises” when I try to get up from the sofa or out of the car. Advil is becoming my best friend. I’ve had a couple falls at work lately, and am not recovering like I used to. And on and on it goes.
However, there are the positive sides to growing older. I am now collecting a monthly Social Security check (key word “yay!”). I find myself caring less and less about saying how I feel (without being cruel), and that there are fewer and fewer things that I honestly care about. It is easier to say “no,” and it is very freeing and rather enjoyable.
Over the last year, I’ve lost friends and gained others. Some were lost due to death, some due to my own misspoken and misunderstood words. I have settled in a church and in a life where I am satisfied and happy. I no longer feel obligated to be “all things to all people” and have learned the wonder and joy of spending an evening at home and not feeling guilty because I’m not teaching or attending some event at church. I have learned that I do not have to work myself at a job where I am being stretched beyond my physical and emotional limits. To not accept abuse from those over me simply to keep a job because I’m worth more than that.
Yes, life has changed a lot for me in the past year, however, I can take a lot of comfort in the one thing that has not changed … and never will. It is the same as it was when I was a boy and will be the same constant until I leave this earth. And that is Jesus Christ.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8).
That is the verse that should comfort us all. No matter what age you are, and how many twists and turns life throws our way, we can always count on Jesus to be the same. His Love, His Concern for us, His Promise to lead and guide us will be the one constant in our lives. Careers change, relationships change, finances change, health changes ... but, Jesus never does and His promises to walk with us never change. All we have to do is believe on Him and trust in what He tells us.
So, no matter how many times I wander off track going from one room to the other, and no matter how much my knees and back ache, and no matter how many times I forget what I was about to say … Jesus is watching over me. Probably laughing at times, but always loving me and taking care of me. It’s His promise.
And for today my friends, this has been the gospel according to Jimmy.
Jimmy Cochran is a resident of McDonough, a musician, a minister and the author of “Being God’s” and “Staying God’s,” both available at Amazon.com. Being God’s is now also available at Moyes Pharmacy in McDonough.