You are never too old to set another goal

…or to dream a new dream

This quote by C. S. Lewis is so encouraging for those of us, myself included, who have more birthdays behind us than before us. Indeed, we are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream as long as we are alive.

This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.

As I write this article, I can’t think of a better example of never too old to set new goals or dream new dreams than my mother. She committed her life to Christ 5 years ago, shortly after the passing of her husband. Since then, God has changed her life and she is a woman making up for lost time.

She has traveled to the Holy Land, helped plant a new church, served in multiple ministries, participated in Bible studies, made hundreds of new friends, attended prayer meetings and volunteered wherever she is needed. This week as she turns 80 years old, she shows no signs of slowing down as she prepares to leave in a few weeks to go on her first missionary trip to Panama!

We are never too old to set another goal and to dream a new dream.

As Psalm 92:14 says,

They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,” (NIV)

The Bible says that believers can still bear fruit in old age

By God’s grace, we have made great progress in the fields of science and medicine. We also have access to more information, products and procedures to help us hopefully live longer and enjoy better health as well.  

In addition, we are never too old to set new goals and dream new dreams because God is not limited by age.

Exodus 7:7 says, Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.” (NIV)

Luke 2:36-37 says, “There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.” (NIV)

We are never too old to seek God’s purpose for our lives and to use our resources for His glory.

We can serve God and others by:

  • Volunteering
  • Serving at church
  • Mentoring young people
  • Investing in the lives of our grandchildren
  • Praying for others

We can pass on to others the valuable life skills that we have acquired.

Job 12:12 says, “Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?” (NIV)

Younger people may have time on their side, but older people have the benefits of greater:

  • Understanding
  • Insight
  • Discernment
  • Wisdom
  • Knowledge
  • Experience

Do you agree that you are never too old to set new goals and dream new dreams?

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