Growing Older or More Mature?

by Stan Mitchell
olderman.jpg“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
Joan regarded Garrett closely from over the coffee cup she was holding and did some evaluating. They had known each other for twenty years, so neither of them was exactly a spring chicken. What was it Bob had said about him? “Garrett has mellowed over the years,” that was what he had said.
Garrett had been an “angry young man” in his early twenties, demanding, a towering talent, but with no patience for “fools”. He was good at what he did, it was just hard to match him up with others on a team because he was so hard to get along with.
But tough times and hard lessons had taken a toll on Garrett. There were sprinkles of grey in his hair and lines on his face. Two teenagers in the house had dissipated some of his energy and, perhaps, taught him some humility.
Joan recalled a saying on a T-shirt she had seen: “Be patient,” it had said, “God isn’t finished with me yet.” And she came to a conclusion.
Garrett ’t mellowed so much as matured! The good Lord had taken his talent and given it direction, he had shaped and molded this man with such ability into a man who could use it in a way that could benefit others.
The God who had begun a good work in him was still working, and that was a good thing. If God could do this for Garrett, she reflected, there is hope for all of us.

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