Really, How Old Are You?

Really, How Old Are You?

Shortly after her birthday, my little granddaughter, Adelaide, asked, “Grandma, are you old?”

Smiling, I replied, “Yes, I am old. I am over 50 years old. How old are you?”

Her answer was swift, sweet, and bouncy like a three year old, “I’m not old. I’m new.”

Life in the Backward Kingdom views its citizens as always new—never young or old—just new. What a freeing thought for those of us encumbered with aging bodies, misplaced memories, or festering wounds that create age lines sooner than expected.

I find it interesting that God calls us “new creatures” in Christ. That conveys two things to me:

First, I’m not old; I’m new. The parts of me that still appear old are in transition as I change from glory to glory in ways I do not comprehend. I am totally new and totally in transition from old to new.

Go figure—if I can’t understand Quantum Physics, I’m never going to grasp this one. That’s the good part. My comprehension is not required for me to be totally new and totally in transition from oldness to newness all at the same time.

Second, I am a new type of being altogether different than I was before this transformation began. I am human, but not in the old sense of being human. I am some type of creature that takes its form and identity from the One who is called the Word and spoke me into being the first time I was created.

This second creation will be complete when I receive a new body to go with the new me inside this old body. Again, most stuff in the Backward Kingdom makes no sense this side of the new heaven and new earth.

My joints groan, my mind forgets, and text messaging confuses me. Yet, I am not really old inside—I’m totally new and growing newer and newer. Like God’s mercy, I’m new every morning. It feels good to recall this principle of the Backward Kingdom and to remember that it was my wise granddaughter who brought it to my attention.

So, here’s today’s question: How old are you? Please share your answer and thoughts in the comment section below.

Connecting Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:14-16; Revelation 21:4-6

3 Responses to Really, How Old Are You?

  1. Out of the mouth of babes. It’s cool how when you are in tune with the Spirit, you hear the Voice clearly – whether it’s from the words of a child, or the clack-clacking of branches in a tree.
    Thanks for the encouraging words.

  2. Some days I feel newer than others, that’s for sure. My Wii Fit tells me how old I am based on how I do on the balance tests. Some mornings I’m in my 20s (LOL) and then other times, like today, I was just as I am, nearly 60. What a relief to know that my status in the Backward Kingdom is full of NEW mercies EVERY morning. Those mercies renew me and I am fit for God’s eternal purposes regardless of what the mirror (or the Wii Fit) says. Hooray!

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