I’m 29 years old. That’s basically 30. (ugh! #amiright?) I’ve been on this Earth almost 30 years. that seems insane to me. As my mom would say to me: “You’ve already been jerked up!” (as in, I’ve already been raised by my parents. hahaha) So there are so many things about my personality & character that are more or less set in stone. I’ve tried eating green beans multiple times in my life & I still despise them. I doubt that one day I’m just magically going to love green beans. Overnight I’m not going to shoot up 6 inches– I’m a short person. I’ve come to terms with it. ;) I’m one of those people that cries when I’m mad. It’s just something about my personality that I’ve done since I was little. I’ve been this way for 30 years, so it would be hard to alter my personality now. Right?
Then there are things that I have always really wanted to do, but it’s probably too late in life for me to accomplish. Example: become a professional ice skater. Proooobbbbably not going to happen. But it’s so wonderful that it’s never too late to start something through Christ!
In Job Chapter 8, we find Job drowning in hopelessness from poor health, the death of his children, & loss of property & servants. He has cried out that his life is without hope & wishes for death. Then Bildad comes to him & says:
“If you will seek God and plead with the Almighty for mercy, if you are pure & upright, surely then He will rouse Himself for you and restore your rightful habitation. And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great,” (Job 8:5-7).
I did some studying on Job & discovered that Bildad is condemning Job, assuming that God is punishing him for living an unrighteous life. He’s suggesting to Job that even though things seem awful now, if he gets himself on the “straight & narrow” there might still be a chance for him in heaven & to gain favor with God. Wait… what? Bildad was condemning Job!? He had no power to pass judgement on his friend. Even though this friend is giving Job advice on the grounds of condemnation, there is some truth to his words: it’s never too late to repent & start living a righteous life!
It doesn’t matter if you’re 10, almost *ahem* 30 like me, or 107. It’s never too late in your life to turn over a new leaf. Live life with gratitude to our Lord, walk the upright life, & be righteous! Small beginnings often have BIG stories & growing through faith is all part of the process. Just like Job, you’re totally good to grow. ;)
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