18 Feb Over 40: Part 1 – There’s Still Time
This week I celebrated another birthday! It’s hard to believe that I’m three years away from forty. After all, I feel young. Many say I look young. What’s more, I recall my parents at this age. They seemed farther along in life. I consider my own ambitions; I anticipated accomplishing more by now. Such musings arouse thoughts that I don’t have a lot of time left to live a fruitful life.
Where did I get this notion that my best days are reaching an end- that I’m running out of time to attain goals and to do great things with my life? It seems I’m not the only one who thinks this way. I recall conversations with my husband and friends who have already reached age forty. Often, there’s a sense of regret and dismay because all of their hopes and dreams haven’t come to fruition. Some wanted to wed by now. Some hoped to have children by now. Some still don’t own their own home. Others feel unfulfilled in their careers. Many doubt that life will get better beyond this point. Further, there’s this misconception that opportunities diminish with age.
A few weeks ago, a verse in Acts caught my attention. In Acts 7:23, I read – “But when he was approaching the age of forty, it entered his mind to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel.” It never dawned on me that Moses’ noteworthy ministry and accomplishments occurred later in life. Building a family and realizing his God-ordained purpose occurred over forty. I found this tidbit about Moses quite revelatory. We can start something new, and our greatest ambitions can actually unfold now. Our best days aren’t necessarily behind us. More opportunities to make a difference lay ahead.
We must allow neither our youth nor increasing age to impose limitations on what we set out to accomplish. We’re neither too young nor too old to be used by God. Since I’m approaching age forty, the next few weeks I will discuss amazing happenings that took place in the lives of individuals and couples over forty. I think we can use the reminder that great things still happen over forty.