10 and the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with a scorching wind and withers the grass; and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away (James 1).
Some people are rich through inheritance, others through their own hard work. Either way, they are all humbled by the one fact that they, “like the flowering grass” will “pass away … and wither … and fade away” along with everyone else. They can use their wealth to purchase the finest clothes to cover their aging bodies, or to hire the best physical trainers to get them in shape, or to find the best doctors or medicines to boost their health, or to acquire the newest beauty aides which give an appearance of youth—yet, in the end, just like everyone else, death will find them too. Wealth may indeed delay our demise, or at least the appearance of it—but it can never deter it.
It might be helpful to take note of the percentage of TV commercials persuading us to buy something that will either delay our death or at least distract us from its inevitability. Yet, rather than fight the aging process, we should “glory in” it and embrace it. For it is the one thing that binds us all together.
Lord, help us This Day to glory in our physical frailty—knowing that when the time comes to leave this earth, we will be more alive than ever. Amen.