Age is Just a Number

Age is Just a Number

At age 99, Doreetha Daniels was the oldest graduate ever from the college of Canyons in Santa Clarita, California. It took her six years of struggling with illness and keeping up with difficult subjects, but at the end of it she was the proud holder of an associates degree in Science. While she admits that it was a challenge, her joy came because she completed her life long dream. USA Today.

While we cannot all live to accomplish great things at 99, we can make the most of any age we are at.

You are not too old

Yes, there are limitations that age puts one the physical and mental selves, but you have lived a life and are full of experiences. You have walked paths that many only dream of or couldn’t imagine walking through. You are able to guide others coming after you, helping them to avoid some of the mistakes you made and teaching them your success strategies.

Ms Clara in the movie War room exemplified how a older woman whose past included difficulties with her marriage, was helping a younger woman avoid the mistakes she had made. She asked God to give her one more purpose, and he did by sending a younger lady in her life who was going through difficulties that were similar to ones she had been through. Although a fictional character, it shows one way age can be used to your advantage.

Abraham and his wife Sarah had been waiting on God for years, for the birth of a child that would cause Abraham to be the father of many nations. In their eyes, time was running out, had run out. Sarah was past her childbearing years. How could she possibility bear a child? But clearly that didn’t stop God. He had a mission to accomplish. It was his promise to Abraham and he wasn’t going to let their age stop him.

Two sides of the same coin

On the flip side, there are those of us who believe we are too young to be used by God. We do not have the right experiences, we haven’t walked the path. But Paul advises Timothy, “ don’t let anyone look down at you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity”. (1 Timothy 4:12)

Paul implores Timothy to give no one cause to say anything negative about him because of his youth, but instead be of upright character and an example to others. He expected Timothy to lead regardless of his age.

I like what Charlotte Bronte says in Jane Eyre, “I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.” Yes, it is what we do with our years and experience that makes all the difference.

Embrace it and use it to your advantage

As Christians, we are called to reflect Christ in all we do, and at all stages of our lives. Our unique point of view is valid regardless of age. Our  life experience are solely unique to us. Many others are in need of the perspective that we can bring to the table.

Fortunately for us, God does not discriminate about who he uses. He doesn’t disqualify us because of our age but instead gives us an opportunity each day to use the new stage of life that we are at, to impact the world.

Do not be held hostage by your age. Release your self to engage in the tasks you believe God has purposed for you. Unlock the chains of your mind that keep you immobilized.  There is a harvest that is waiting to be reaped. You have the key, Christs’ approval, his great commission, therefore, go.

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About Latoya Saddler

Child of God, wife, mom of two, Special Education teacher, blogging from the beautiful island of Jamaica. I am also a total bookworm and baker. I love to learn new things and I’m currently teaching myself to speed read. I can be found blogging at Powerful U Blog and on twitter.

Comments

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Latoya. I needed to read that today.

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  2. Glad to be used to be a blessing to you Penny!

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  3. Janet K Brown says:

    I love this idea. God didn’t put me on the road to writing until late in life, but He can still use me.

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  4. Totally agree Janet!

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