Due to a variety of circumstances, I’ve found myself on the campus of Wake Forest University several times in the last few months. To be honest, I always leave feeling envious of the students and sorely missing my college days. For most of us, our late teens and early twenties were the time in our lives when we looked our best, felt our best and had the brightest hopes for our futures. Now, 17 years later and knocking on the door of the big 4-0, I look at these kids and feel a little sad that I can’t be in their position once again…that I can’t stand at the threshold of the great, big, wonderful world full of adventure that lies ahead of me.
Or, can I?
Jesus reminded me as I was mourning the onset of middle-age that I’m not dead yet, which means that God must still have plans for my life on this earth. In fact, if I live to reach 80 like most Americans do, I still have at least half of my life ahead. And, unlike most of the first half, I’ve finally handed the steering wheel over to God, so I’m expecting much greater things for this half!
In fact, every day is truly a new day. His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23). No matter your age or where you are in life, believe that you are not “stuck” where you are. Hand over every piece of who you are to God. Give him your unconditional, “yes”. Then, get moving! Start doing something with those gifts and passions he has placed so deeply within you. Begin living in great expectation of what lies ahead.