Too Late

watchOne night a few years ago, pretty soon after my 30th birthday, I was putting the kids to bed and praying over them when I had a thought. The thought was, “It’s too late for you to do anything significant. You should just pray for your children to do something great. You had your chance, and it’s over. Just realize it’s too late for you.”

I pretty quickly realized this was a ridiculous thought (mainly because 30 is just the beginning of so much in life), but over the following few days I started to ask God what He thought about it. Do we only get one shot? If we give up one opportunity (or more), do we have to settle into mediocrity and  let someone else go after all that He wants accomplished on the earth? His answer to me was a speedy “No,” and then I realized the reason for this little encounter.

What about the 40 year olds that are raising older children and are having this thought? What about the 50 year olds with empty nests? What about the 60 year olds with grandchildren? What about those in their 70’s? 80’s? 90’s? and beyond? When that little voice comes to tell them that it’s too late, how will they know that it is not? Who is going to tell them they should go for it? We will (you and me – all of us).

Truly, it is never too late, as long as we have breath, to accomplish all that God has planned for us!  He wants every person, no matter what you have or haven’t done, how young or old you are, or what your life looks like at the moment. You have options and you can still go after all He has called you to! This will look different for every person, but only you know what it means for you.

Will there be risk involved? Yes. Will it be the most comfortable thing you have ever done? Definitely not. Will it cost you something? For sure. But will it be worth it? Absolutely.

Let me share with you one incredible example. A couple of years ago I was on a short flight from Brunswick to Atlanta for a meeting, and I found myself seated next to a lady in her 70’s. We started talking, and she told me her beautiful story. She had worked at a resort for many years, all the while knowing that God had called her to start a ministry for needy children and feeling like she didn’t know how to start. So, after struggling with God over this for a while, she finally announced that she was quitting her job and starting her ministry – in her late 60’s. Not retiring – just quitting and starting over. At first, she didn’t know where the money would come for her living expenses or for the ministry start-up, but sure enough, it came. Every time she turned around someone was calling her asking her to do a bit of work here and there, and she always had plenty. Now she has a growing ministry, and she is truly going after what God called her to do – changing the world for so many needy children.

Should every person leave their job and start their own ministry? No, of course not. Will every person be called to jump into something completely crazy and new? No, but every person has a dream in their soul, whether it is a business, a trip, a city, a conversation, a book, a career, a family, or a project, and every person can go for it.

“What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over. The notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical. It’s hilarious. We cannot – we must not – lost this sense of possibility, because in the end it’s all we have.” -Marina Keegan

Our hope is for every person – no matter their age – no matter their past – no matter their circumstance – to hear the voice of God say to them, “It’s not too late. Until your very last breath, you can still go after the dream I put into your heart. Don’t put off the blessing any longer. Step into all I have for you, and don’t let someone who gave up on their dream convince you to give up on yours.”

Share with us what dream you’re going after, and how we can support you.

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