There is a recent “challenge” filling up the Facebook feeds. The challenge is to take a picture of
yourself from ten years ago and post it next to a current picture. The purpose is to see how
much you have changed in ten years’ time. It’s been interesting to observe. Some of my friends
have not changed in appearance at all in ten years. Their pictures look about the same. Other
friends have aged somewhat in the past ten years. Their hair is grayer, there are a few more
wrinkles as time has marched on. Frustratingly, some of my friends even look younger than
they did ten years ago! Somehow, they have found the fountain of youth. They appear to have
less wrinkles, better hair, and a greater vitality. (I wish they would share their secret with me!)
Overall, ten years has made a difference for most of us. It’s not surprising. We expect to age as
the years pass by. It’s simply a reality of the life we live. Our bodies age and it’s apparent
through the wrinkles we see, the gray in our hair, and the aches and pains that gradually make
up our days. Aging is a reality that we reluctantly embrace. We expect to change as we age.
As I’ve observed and reflected upon this “ten-year challenge”, a thought has occurred to me.
How much have we changed spiritually in ten years? When you look back at your life in January
of 2009, where were you in your relationship with Christ? Was your love for him greater or
weaker than it is now? Was your faith in Him and His care for your stronger? Were you praying
more often or less often? Were you regularly engaged in reading His word compared to where
you are today? Were you less active or more active in ministry and fellowship with your church
family? Were you worshipping with an open and grateful heart compared to where you are
today or has your worship and gratefulness for God increased over the past ten years? How has
your witness for Christ in the outside community strengthened or weakened over the past ten
years? Do you feel stronger in your walk with Christ or do you feel the effects of a rough ten
years as you contemplate your relationship with Christ? What do you see over the past ten
The Ten-Year Challenge on Facebook is fun to do. It’s interesting to see how our appearance
has changed over ten years. But more importantly, it’s enlightening, and possibly encouraging
or humbling, to see how we have changed (or not changed) spiritually over the past ten years.
Ten years have gone by. How do you look? How does your heart look? How does your faith
look? How does your walk with Christ look? These are all questions only you can answer for
yourself. Contemplate them and see what God has done, what He is doing and what He longs to
do in your life over the next ten years.