Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house, when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me, when my path was drenched with cream and the rock poured out for me streams of olive oil.
In the April 27 devotional, Friends Helping Friends, I talked about Job’s three visitors who had come to sympathize and encourage him. They failed. Did nothing more than upset him by insisting he must have sinned to bring God’s wrath upon him.
As part of his defense, Job referred to the good old days, back when he was in his prime, and God was still blessing.
Anybody who has been sidelined by a major health problem, lost a loved one, advanced to old age, or suffered a major life setback can relate. I’m holding up my hand here. I am well passed the prime of my youth. But I refuse to allow myself to dwell on the way things were.
Let’s be honest about the good old days. Many of those days weren’t really all that good. Co-workers who made your life miserable. Unreasonable bosses. Bills and more bills. Car problems. Relationship problems.
Here’s the good news. You survived all of that and created something you can call your good old days. Well, you can do the same thing with this phase in your life.
I have been blessed with several fruitful careers as a radio personality and a minister. But I seldom think about it. Why? Because I believe the best is yet to come. As Christians, all phases of our lives have the potential to be Prime Time.
Remember the story of Lot’s wife. God had warned Lot to flee the wicked city of Sodom because He was about to destroy it. God also commanded Lot and his wife, “Don’t look back.” But Lot’s wife disobeyed, and she became a pillar of salt. Just think of that image when you’re persuaded the best is behind you.
There’s nothing wrong with looking back on good memories. It’s dwelling there that can become a problem. Since we are in the present, then we should take advantage of this time we have been given and make the most of it.
No, I can’t do what I used to. Yesterday, I helped my son carry some furniture upstairs. After the second load, I had to sit down. No big deal. I have no aspirations to apply for a job with Two Men in a Truck. I would benefit though from more exercise.
There are limitations for what we can do at any of life’s stages. Look past your limitations and use what God has given you. Use it — or lose it.
Jesus said, “Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” (Matthew 13:12)
I get it. Jesus meant — those who have Him will be given more, and those who reject him will lose everything. But His words apply to all of life. Use or lose your talents. Use or lose your opportunities. Make the most of what God has given you. Time. Resources. Relationships. Knowledge. Talent. Ability. Whatever God has given you.
Write a new chapter of your life and make it a good one. Coasting is fun, but after a while it gets boring, and it always leads downhill.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Dear Christian, the Best is Yet to Come
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.