I have joined the club of late bloomers. I recently published my first book at the age of 63!
I join with Grandma Moses who began her painting career at age 78; Laura Ingalls Wilder’s whose “Little House on the Prairie” series published when she was 65 to 76; Julia Child who wrote her first cookbook and began hosting “The French Chef” at the age of 50; Harland Sanders, better known as Colonel Sanders, was 62 when he franchised Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1952; and apostle John who wrote the book of Revelation when he was in his 90’s.
As we age, our bodies may be slower but we still have the strengths and gifts that God placed within us. We also have wisdom gained only through the experiences of life. Wine gets richer with age, works of art and antiques increase in value with age. We are God’s masterpiece, formed by many broken pieces being rearranged so that light shines through. We have hopefully learned many lessons from our life experiences and have a deeper faith and compassion for others.
No matter our age, finances or physical health, those of us who have “matured” in life can be teachers, encouragers, mentors, prayer warriors, care givers. We can speak into the lives of the next generation and have a huge impact on our grandchildren. We can impart wisdom and truth, values and commitment, integrity and character by modeling these in our lives. A popular saying takes this a step further: “Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary use words.” Others are watching – our words, our actions, the way we respond to problems, the way we treat those who differ from us- all have influence on those around us.
So let’s remember we do have value and we are making a difference in the lives of others either positively or in a negative way. Let us live with love, wisdom, truth, compassion as our guides.
It is not too late to revive the dreams in our hearts and look for ways to make impact the world and live our life to the fullest through all the time we are alive.