It’s great if you can discover what you were called to do when you are young. But most people don’t discover what they’re supposed to do until later in life. But that’s okay. Because it’s never too late to begin again.
Life is a journey, not a destination. It’s not about finding your calling. It’s about pursuing your calling once you find it. It’s not up to you when you will discover your purpose in life. The key is to be willing to take the next step when God reveals the next clue.
Here are three examples from Scripture of people who did not discover who they were until later in life. But they still were able to begin again. Because it’s never too late.
Moses didn’t lead the children of Israel out of Egypt until he was 80 years old (Exodus 7:7). He spent 40 years in Pharaoh’s house (Acts 7:23-29). Then he spent 40 years as a shepherd in Midian (Acts 7:30-34). Being the leader of the Israelites was actually his third career.
Moses didn’t even recognize his calling when it was placed right in front of him. He came up with all kinds of reasons why he couldn’t do what God was calling him to do. Like Moses, you might not recognize what you were called to do until you start doing it. But the key is to start doing it.
Rahab was the one who hid the Israelite spies from her fellow inhabitants of Jericho. As a prostitute, she didn’t exactly have the best first career. But she didn’t let that define her. She recognized an opportunity to redefine herself by putting her faith into action (James 2:25).
Through putting her faith into action, Rahab became a part of a new family of faith. And she became the great-great-grandmother of the future king of Israel, David (Matthew 1:5). Like Rahab, you too can put your faith into action and become someone you never thought you could be. But the key is to believe your faith so strongly that you will put it into action.
Saul started out his career as an exemplary student of Gamaliel (Acts 22:3). He then persecuted believers in Jesus with a ferocious zeal (Acts 22:4). But Christ had other plans for Saul. He made a total 180 degree turn with his career, and Saul became known by a new name as a result (Acts 13:9).
Saul believed he was the chief of sinners, as a result of the change from his former ways (1 Timothy 1:15). Like Paul, you can change and become someone completely different from what you have been. But the key is to change.
It’s never too late for you. Like Moses, Rahab, and Paul, you can begin again. But the key is to begin.
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