In the eyes of the world, I am a senior citizen--physically things are beginning to go south. The mirror reflects sags that have morphed into bags and wrinkles that have become deep valleys. My fast mile now resembles a slow stroll and all exercise has become a test of endurance. I need more rest, but can't sleep past 2:00 AM and Aleve is my BFF. I am not what I once was---
Instead I am the best I have ever been and firmly expect to continue to get better. When I finally learned, with God in the center of my life and my willingness to allow Him to direct my path--I began a transformation into the best I have ever been. I like the person I see in the mirror almost all of the time. Through life and life experiences, God has taught me a great deal. I have more compassion, more sympathy and empathy, and the biggest heart I ever had. Life and all that life has thrown at me--and all the blessings mixed in have changed me into a well seasoned lover of life.
With time--wines become better---beef and cheese are best when they are aged--art and books are sometimes appreciated more with time---and with age, I have become much wiser, a better friend, closer to my family, more appreciative of the beauty of God's creation,and able to love more deeply. Like that favorite pair of jeans--with wear and tear--they soften and conform and become our favorites. Like the cast iron skillet--with seasoning and time--I am at my best.
So no the best is not used up--the best is a work in progress--and by allowing Him to be the potter---he is turning the wheel and creating a fine work of art to be loved and cherished--as only He can do.
for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.