Yesterday evening, I had dinner with a friend. We both recently mourned celebrated turning age 40. We commiserated together about the changes the body has no choice but to endure. These changes were sneaky. They started at the end of our 30s and seemed to attack right at the cusp of age 40. (If you are reading this and you are around 38ish, just wait! The changes are coming!)
We laughed about what our teenage view once was regarding people in the “40 club.” As kids, we thought anyone age 40 or older was practically dead. If our parents all of a sudden had a new ambition for something they were passionate about, we would think, “Why work so hard? You’re old!” Now we are in the 40 club, and even though our bodies are slowly revolting against us, we realize now more than ever, we are NOT old! (At least we will continue to tell ourselves this.)
After laughing hard about topics such as redefining gravity, plastic surgery, and so on and so forth, we began to discuss our dreams. Guess what? We still have them, even at age 40! They are bigger than ever. Do you want to know the best part about our 40 something dreams as opposed to our 20 and 30 something dreams? Godly wisdom! (Disclaimer: Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying younger people don’t have godly wisdom. I am saying it took me a little longer to have some. That’s all!)
Godly wisdom is a sign of spiritual maturity. It is recognition of following God’s will and rediscovering brand new purpose. It’s fulfilling the ministry God created for us, and embracing every moment of lessons learned along the way. It is welcoming instruction and correction. We love to learn, so we can be molded into exactly who God wants us to be. We know we don’t know it all, and we definitely don’t want to be responsible for knowing it all.
The big birthday I celebrated wasn’t about hitting middle age. It was about making progress in my journey. I’m not just a little older, I’m a little wiser. (Wow, the more I write the better I feel! I’m pretty convincing. Don’t ya think?)
Anyway, No matter how old you are or whatever your “roadblocks” in life might be, you CAN achieve your dreams. If the desire planted within your heart is godly, He will make a way. You still have to do the work, but He will light your path.
I’m thankful for new dreams and new ambitions. I’m even a little thankful for age 40. (Just a little… Very little.)
Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid. (N.K.J.V.)
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (N.K.J.V.)
May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose. (N.K.J.V.)
Are you working hard to achieve your dreams?
Have a wonderful weekend!