I laugh when I hear someone who is in their 20s or 30s bemoan missing their opportunity in life. Some seem to think that life is over by the time they reach 40.
If you feel that way either as a young person or someone who is past, God forbid, that 40 year mark, then consider these people and what they accomplished later in life:
Colonel Sanders—62 when he franchised Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Donald and Doris Fisher—Opened the first GAP store when Donald was 40.
Sam Walton—44 when he opened the first Walmart.
Henry Ford—45 when he built the Model T car.
Julia Child—50 when she wrote her first cookbook.
I easily could add many more well-known people to this list, and I know there are thousands of not so-well known people who discovered their mission later in life.
Sometimes our experiences in life, both good and bad, prepare us for that time when we fulfill our mission. However, when we are in the middle of the experience, it’s hard to see how that is preparing us for our mission in life.
I was 45 years old when I quit my job and moved to Thailand, along with Danielle (who also quit her job), to serve as volunteer missionaries.
We became foster parents when I was 49, and as many of you know, we adopted our son, who was two-years-old when, when I was 51.
I really thought we were going overseas as missionaries after we spent six months in Thailand when I was 45, but God seemed to have a different plan. I eventually decided to begin writing. I was 50 years old when I made that decision.
I can look back to my 20s, 30s, and even 40s and see how God prepared me for what I am doing now. In some ways, I am still figuring that out.
That’s one point I want to convey…keep working on discovering your mission in life until the day you die. You will never be too old to have a purpose.
If you think that you are too old or that life’s opportunities have passed you by, Here are 4 Questions to Ask:
- What are some of your failures? We don’t like thinking about our mistakes or failures, but they are great teachers. Most of the greatest inventions happened after many failures or even the result of a mistake.
- What are some your accomplishments? Think about things you have done no matter how small. What did you learn from them?
- Who is God placing in your life now? I believe our mission always involves people. Consider those people in your life today. Your mission could involve them.
- What do you still dream about doing? I love being around dreamers. People who see things as they can be not just as they are. If life has stomped that out, take a risk, allow yourself to dream again.
What are some of your answers to these questions?