“Now Joshua was old and advanced in years, and the Lord said to him, “You are old and advanced in years, and there remains yet very much land to possess.” Joshua 13:1 ESV
While you are here on earth You Will Still Have A Difference To Make.
Far too many people reach a stage or stages in their lives where they begin to feel old, washed up, useless, without purpose, and believe the time has run out for them to make a difference. I can kind of see why a non-believer could feel this way. But what burdens me even more is the amount of Christians that buy into this belief.
I see and hear about this in churches often. People’s kids grow up, leave the nest, get married, start a family, and attend a new church. And for some reason the parents of those who left, no longer serve in their church, attend services less often, and make excuses for why they can no longer be as involved as they once were.
People reach the age of retirement and instead of pouring their life and wisdom into the kingdom of God they begin to withdraw and say things like “That is for those young people, I am too old to do that, I have served my time.”
This is wrong. As long as God allows you to walk on the earth, You Will Still Have A Difference To Make!
Just like the Lord told Joshua there was still land to be conquered, I believe he would tell you; I still have work to do through your life. You too will still have land to conquer.
The child has a difference to make in the lives of those he or she grows up playing with. The teen has difference to make in their family, school, and extracurricular activities. The college student has much strength and energy to pour into serving the Lord. The young adult has a difference to make in their work place. The young married couple has a godly marriage to build as an example to those around them. As parents raise their children they have a responsibility to point their kids to God’s vision for their lives. The empty nester has people to pray for and lives to touch with godly wisdom. The old sage has a young warrior or king to lead along. The grand parent has grandkids to show the love of God too.
You and I never reach the age where the Lord decides he is done using us. Until we breathe our last breath the Lord still wants to work through us. I don’t care what stage of the game you are at. You are not too old to be used. You are not with out purpose. The Lord is not done telling your story. You are not too young to begin changing the world. The Lord is eager to watch you fulfill the destiny that he desires for you.
“And now behold, I am this day eighty-five years old. I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming.” Caleb (Joshua 14:10b-11 ESV)
Do not put your life in coast.
You have a difference to make and You will still have a difference to make.