short, sweet, and to-the-point — by Keith Elder

“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.”

Keith   3/06/2013


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8 thoughts on ““Expiration Date… NA (not applicable)”

  1. Great words on a day like today……. 🙂

  2. Ralph Skinner on said:

    Well said, brother! My favorite Bible passage is along the same lines… Philippians 3:13-14.

  3. Cindy on said:

    Your word here could not have come at a more “due season” for me, Keith! I have just watched our Lord miraculously demonstrate this very thing in the life of a most close friend/spiritual sister & it has been a faith builder for me )&any others! Married young in 1968 she endured a Christ-less marriage, despite her silent testament. Abuse that threatened both she & her small daughter & unfaithfulness that continued unchecked years finally lead her to seek a divorce. The desire of her heart was always to be yoked with a man who lived The Lord God with all his heart, so he would know how to treasure her. We all joined her in praying for this. But that man never showed up. She never faltered, waiting in The Lord…by raising her daughter into a beautiful Christian young wife & mother who now had two teenagers of her own; by being involved anywhere and anyway she could to extend the love of God to all she met the ought the gifts He had given her. 20+ years, she had “waited” on The Lord to fulfill the desire if her heart for someone with whom to share her life. Sure, at times she became discouraged, but she never gave up! Last night I got a call from her. That man she’s been waiting on so long–the one we’ve all been praying God would send her way for well over 20+ years? Not only has he arrived, but they are in love, engaged to be married in June. And those lists we made.. The ones enumerating all the attributes this Godly man needed to possess? god had so fat superseded that, it’s not even funny! 2 things here: 1. “waiting on The Lord” is ACTIVE not passive–I’ve seen this with my own eyes and; 2 God may not be early but He’s certainly never late! And boy oh boy when He does arrive…”WOW!!!!!”

  4. Keith, one of the things you have always excelled at is encouraging. You’ve done it again! What a great story in the last comment! Yay God!!! The sun will come up tomorrow….

    • Kristi, Years ago, I played Daddy Warbucks in a community theatre production of “Annie”–bald head and all (actually a skull cap that made me look bald). Very fun. The song “Tomorrow” was a pivotal piece, primarily sung by the little orphan, Annie. “The sun’ll come out…tomorrow…bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow…there’ll be sun.” And there will!
      Love you… proud of you!

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