Age. It’s a funny thing, isn’t it? It has a way of sneaking up on us, and one day we find ourselves wondering, “How did I get to be this age so quickly?”
It’s seems like a handful of years ago I was moving out of my parents’ home and beginning my first semester of college. With fresh hopes and big dreams tucked neatly in my back pocket, the world appeared conquerable and my goals were aplenty. I was going to be the next great success story. I just knew it. Nothing was going to stop me and my intentions.
Life’s twists and turns and ups and downs, however, led me down unexpected paths. My dreams shifted and faded into the background behind my day-to-day reality. Paying bills, raising a family, and learning how to balance work and home became my priorities.
Some day, I promised, I would return to pursuing my dreams.
It’s no secret we can get lost in it all. The day we realize age has caught up with us, discouragement can muscle its way in to deter us from believing we can still achieve our dreams. We may start entertaining thoughts of lost chances, wasted years, and living a purposeless life. It’s easy to think it’s too late to pursue any sort of dream at this age.
Is it too late to pursue my dreams?
Friend, allow me to remind us all, age is only a number. It has absolutely nothing to do with our potential, our opportunities, nor our ability. Age has nothing to do with realizing our God-sized dreams. If anything, age might be to our benefit. We may be wiser, more experienced, and more mature than we were in our 20’s. (I know I am!)
Numerous people have realized their dreams later in life. Take Abraham and Sarah in Genesis, for example. God promised 75-year old Abraham he would be the father of a great nation with more descendants than the number of stars in the sky. Those are big God-sized dreams right there, aren’t they? Minus a few moral blunders (those give us hope too!), Abraham and Sarah took God at His word. That is, until age crept up on them.
They questioned too. Is it too late for this promise, this dream to happen? Am I too old to keep dreaming and believing? Abraham even laughed to himself at the thought of having an offspring at his old age.
Nine chapters and twenty five years later, God fulfilled this promised dream, and Sarah, at age 90, gave birth to Isaac.
Age has nothing over God.
No, maybe we won’t give birth at age 90 (whew!), but if we’re still on this earth, God’s not done with us yet. We still have work to do, lives to impact, generations to influence, and dreams to pursue. What unfulfilled God-sized dream has He placed in your heart? What’s that one dream your heart continues to return to? Don’t believe the lie that it’s too late.
Friend, it’s never too late to pursue your dreams.
God began to do a good work in you. And I am sure that he will keep on doing it until he has finished it. He will keep on until the day Jesus Christ comes again. Philippians 1:6 (WE)
I may have given up my God-sized dream for a time, but it’s now dusted off and ready to be pursued again. I invite you to do the same. God is still working in and through you. Continue to seek Him, to ask for His guidance and equipping, and to simply put one foot in front of the other. Let’s walk our dreams out, believing and watching for what God will do.
Shared by: Julie Lefebure