by Barbara Latta
Each birthday cake we cut boasts an additional candle that wasn’t stuck in the icing the year before.
Time passes and we may start to re-evaluate our lives.
Questions rise in our minds, “What have I done with all these years?”
“I’m too old now to start anything new.”
We can fall into the trap of thinking our lives have no purpose any longer.
Regret about not completing goals from the past may bombard our minds and make us feel worthless.
But this is not God’s plan. He wants us to live a limitless life as we grow older.
It’s easy to view younger people and see all their successes and wish we had been that productive at the same age. Comparison and condemnation are our enemy.
Our remedy to is to recognize these thoughts as lies and instead turn to the truth which is in scripture.
Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:5)
We can be inspired from these examples of people who did not let their age define them. They lived without limits.
Harlan Sanders, better known as Colonel Sanders, started his chicken business at the age of 65. A few years later he was the owner of one of the largest restaurant chains in the world.
Peter Roget, creator of Roget’s Thesaurus, completed his work at 73. Not only did he keep working, he used what some would determine as a liability to bring his creation to fulfillment.
He suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder and could only find peace from making lists. His collection of synonyms for words became his invention showing us we can make positive use of personality traits we normally view as negative.
Julia Child didn’t write her first cookbook until the age of 50.
Harry Bernstein, author of The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers, had his first manuscript accepted at the age of 96 after numerous rejections throughout the years.
John Quincy Adams, at age 74, argued before the Supreme Court, the case for the Africans aboard the Amistad. He protested that he was too old when abolitionists asked him to defend the slaves, yet he won the case.
Moses, Caleb, and Abraham all accomplished great feats in their advanced age.
Simeon and Anna in their older years were blessed to witness the Messiah when Mary and Joseph brought him to the temple.
The Apostle John continued to worship God and pray despite his imprisonment on Patmos. He didn’t give in to his age or loneliness and God chose him to record future events for all generations to read. John’s life still had a purpose while exiled and in his nineties.
Our life has value until we breathe our last breath. God doesn’t get finished with us because we pass a certain number on the birthday chart.
Flourish in the Word
God says we are blessed when we delight in his law, and we will bring forth fruit and our leaf will not wither (Psalm 1:2-3).
While we do whatever we can to keep the outside looking young, we need to remember that the inside is reflected to the outer person. Seeing a wrinkle or gray hair isn’t fun for anybody, but if we see ourselves the way God sees us, those things won’t be devastating to our emotions.
We are just starting out on our journey of life. No matter what the calendar says about us now; in the light of eternity, we are all babies.
Confession to remember: Whenever I look at myself and feel old, I will remember God’s promise that I will flourish, bear fruit, and be fresh. I will continue to dream.
What scriptures can you share that will help us live a limitless life? Share your thoughts.