We’re just a few days into the New Year and, sadly, not everyone is excited about the future.
While you may have a full, active life, if you’re over 50, there’s a good chance you’ve bitten into a subtle undercurrent of thought:
- …the coming days will never be as good as the past.
- …I’ve lived my best years and my purpose is waning.
- …I’ll just try to make the best of it.
At 50+ myself, I’m very aware my time on earth is limited and my body has changed in significant ways in recent years. But I also recognize God’s perspective on the second half is full of hope and expectation. In spite of cultural tendencies to exalt youth, those who see the bigger picture know the second half is meant to be the crown of life.
Whether your life has been very fulfilling and successful or a series of trials, your Creator desires to build upon your wisdom, understanding, and knowledge in the second half.
Examples from history abound. Here are just a few:
- Abraham was 75 years old when God asked him to move to a new land. Twenty-five years later, he and Sarah (90) would become the father and mother of the nation of Israel with the birth of Isaac.
- After several changes in his status and cultural surroundings, Moses led the Israelites out of their slavery in Egypt when he was 80.
- Elected to his first public office at 55, Ronald Reagan became the President of the United States just a month before his 70th birthday.
- Anna Mary Robertson Moses didn’t pick up a paintbrush until she was 76, but “Gramma Moses” is one of the biggest names in folk art. She painted for 25 years; long enough to see canvases she had sold for $3 bring in over $10,000.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder of “Little House on the Prairie” didn’t publish her first book until she was 65.
- Using what most would call a character flaw, Peter Roget invented the Thesaurus at age 73. Making lists helped calm him from OCD. His list of synonyms (Peter Roget’s ‘Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases’) has never been out of print since its initial appearing.)
Look at winning athletes.
They don’t give it all in the first half and then pull up to drift to the end. In fact, they train, purpose, and plan to save energy enough during the race or game so they can sprint as the finish line comes in view.
Paul lived with this perspective and exhorts us to the same:
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.” I Cor. 9:24 NASB
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:14 NASB
And the writer of Hebrews:
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” Heb. 12:1 NASB
“For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.” Heb. 10:36 NASB
Think of Jesus. Did He slow down or give up hope before finishing His race on earth? Not in the least detail. And He would not train you to either. He gave His all until the very end and desires to work fully through you until your last breath, as well.
John wrote it down this way:
“Now before the Passover Feast began, Jesus knew (was fully aware) that the time had come for Him to leave this world and return to the Father. And as he had loved those who were His own in the world, He loved them to the last and to the highest degree” (emphasis mine). John 13:1 AMP
“And there are also many other things which Jesus did. If they should be all recorded one by one [in detail], I suppose that even the world itself could not contain (have room for) the books that would be written.” John 21:25 AMP
Acts 1:7-9 tells us Jesus taught the disciples right to the moment He was caught up in a cloud and carried away from their sight, back to the Father.
What about you?
Do you find yourself slowing down, cutting back, believing your purpose has been fulfilled and you’re too old to start something new? Or are you looking at the horizon in expectation and gearing up for a second wind? The Holy Spirit wants to release joy and fruit through you that you may have not even thought of yet.
I encourage you: Allow the Holy Spirit to shine new light on the next season.
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