Finishing Strong (4 of 4) by Jeff Schreve

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Finishing Strong (4 of 4)
Series: A New Normal
Pastor Jeff Schreve
II Timothy 4

If you have your Bible, please turn to 2nd Timothy chapter 4, 2nd Timothy chapter 4. We're going to look at the last chapter that Paul ever wrote before he was executed, beheaded, under the persecution of Nero.

Now we've been in a series the last several weeks on change. We're calling it, "A New Normal." And all of us have trouble, to some degree or another, with change. But change is a part of life. You try and fight change; you lose, because change comes into every life. And the longer you live, the more you will experience change.

Just the change of getting older takes place the longer you live. I ran across this article, a little humorous article that was written some years ago about growing old. It says this: Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions. "How old are you?" "I'm 4 ½" You're never 36 ½. You're 4 ½ going on 5. That's the key. You get into your teens. Now they can't even hold you back. You jump to the next number. "How old are you?" "I'm going to be 16." You could be 13, but you're going to be 16. And then, the greatest day of your life happens. You become 21! Even the words sound like a ceremony. You become 21! Yes! But then, you turn 30. Oh-oh - what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk. He turned. We had to throw him out. There's no fun now. What's wrong? What changed? You become 21. You turn 30. Then, you're pushing 40. Stay clear. Stay over there. It's all slipping away. So you become 21. You turn 30. You're pushing 40. You reach 50. You make it to 60. Then, you build up so much speed, you hit 70. After that, it's a day-to-day thing. After that, you hit Wednesday. You get into you 80s, you hit lunch. My grandmother won't even buy green bananas. It's an ...

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