“Expiration Date… NA (not applicable)”
It was a picture-post on “The Idealist” facebook page. A sky with birds hovering over a tree…in a boat…with a light in a window on the trunk of the tree (shades of Keebler elves)…and a girl standing at the bow of the boat gazing into the future.
Caption: “Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date: take a deep breath and try again.”
I REALLY like this. Being a Boomer who’s taken a few tumbles and had many a doubt as to whether I will ever see my potential realized, this reminds me to hope. The idea shows up all over the place.
“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” –anonymous
God called an already up-in-years Abram and Sarah to pull up roots and go to a new place—and start a family.
God called to 80 year-old Moses from a burning bush and said, in essence, “It’s time to do your thing, Moses. Go tell Pharoh to let my people go.” The Red Sea, water from rocks, manna from heaven, and forty years of wilderness wandering—all came after Moses turned 80.
God kept old Simeon and Anna alive long enough to realize the hope of seeing the Messiah come. (Luke 2:21 ff.)
And it’s not just about age.
Jesus used little kids, disenfranchised women, greedy tax collectors, fiery zealots, and a foot-in-mouth-prone “Rock” (Peter) to make the kingdom magic happen. He even used a few rich people.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live.” Paul wrote, “If any person is in Christ, he/she is a new creation. Old things have passed away, behold the new has come.”
I wonder how many of us have given up on our dreams or ideals because it (whatever “it” is) got hard. Because we sinned and fell short of the glory. We’ve thrown in the towel on a job or a call or a person or a love or a dream—or ourselves. News flash—the past is prologue, folks. The clock’s still ticking… the game is still on!
Remember: “Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date: take a deep breath and try again.”