When you’re watching the news or reading a magazine story, it seems like one of the very first identifying marks we’re told about a person is their age. Our culture seems to do a pretty good job of conditioning us from very early on to obsess about age. Cosmetic surgery is a multi-billion dollar industry, because we’re all trying to rub on that “Oil of Delay” and hold onto youth.
We also seem to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to what others have accomplished by our age to see if we’re measuring up and the deck always seems pretty stacked against us. As I write this, I am thirty-three years old. By age 33, Thomas Jefferson had written the Declaration of Independence, Alexander the Great had conquered the known world and my Savior, Jesus Christ, had saved the planet from their sins.
If I compared my meager accomplishments to those guys, I’d pretty much feel like a bum!
Here’s the good news…God’s not nearly as interested in our age as we seem to be.
When you read the Bible, you’ll see that He’s in the habit of using people the world calls “too young” or “too old” to change the planet. He used a 100-year-old nomad named Abraham to start the nation of Israel, he chose an 80-year-old murderer named Moses to lead Israel out of Egypt, He chose an adolescent shepherd boy named David to take on a Giant named Goliath, and He chose an unwed teenage girl to be the mother of the Messiah.
If you feel “too young” or “too old” to change the world, remember that God doesn’t use people with the “right” age or the “right” resume…He uses people with the right heart.
Don’t beat yourself up if you aren’t where you’d hoped to be by this point in your life. God is just getting started with you! His plan for you is an eternal one (and Eternity is a really long time)! Keep trusting Him, seeking Him and being faithful to make the most of your current situation, and one day you’ll see that you’ve accomplished far more for His Glory an the World’s Good than you could have ever realized!