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Happy 2023! It’s a New Year. Time for a new beginning. We don’t need a New Year’s resolution, we can just do it! There are some things I never thought I’d be doing at this stage of my life. I have to keep reminding myself that’s it’s never too late. And it doesn’t matter how old we are, God doesn’t see us as aged, He sees us as getting wiser and more understanding. Of course, God uses us when He’s ready, whatever age we are.


I have grown to love this idiom, “It’s never too late,” that started before the nineteenth century. It means that it’s always time to start something new. Maybe it’s a goal you have or something you have put off doing for a while but hope to pick back up. Maybe it’s something you need to mend. It’s never too late. You’re never too old and you’re never too young, as I like to stress to the kids. 


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I get the opportunity occasionally to talk to children about writing. I love sharing this concept of “it’s never too late” with the children. I love telling them how I was 50 years old when I started my fun career of writing. They have their whole life in front of them but sometimes as they grow up, they forget about the things they love or they give up, like I did. I actually wrote my first poem when I was about four years old. It was only two short lines, but it did rhyme. I put a melody with it and sang the two short lines over and over and over and over again! My momma and grandmother must’ve loved me so much to listen to me over and over and over (you get the picture) or maybe they had earplugs. Whichever the case, they told me it was a beautiful song and encouraged me to continue writing. Maybe they secretly hoped I would add more lines.


I love to remind myself that many great things were done by older people. Many great examples are given to us in the Bible. Sarah was 90 years old when she gave birth to Isaac. Elizabeth was also in her older years when she gave birth to John the Baptist. Now those are life milestones I would not want.


Then there’s Moses. He was 80 years old when his encounter with Pharaoh started. And Aaron, his brother and spokesman, was 83. And Paul, for another example, served God even while in prison in his older years.


Did you know that Julia Childs was in her mid-30’s when she first thought about trying to cook? And we know what all she accomplished.


Also, one of my favorite stories to share with children is the story of Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s, who was 52 when he came up with his idea of fast-food hamburgers.


There are also many examples of young people doing great things in the Bible. The same Moses mentioned above started his God led journey as a baby in a basket on the Nile River. He was rescued and taken to the Egyptian palace to be raised as a prince. And Isaac, also mentioned above, was just a boy when he was led by his father to be sacrificed under God’s command. He was the child God promised to Abraham. He helped pave the way for our relationship with God. And we all know David was just a lad when he slayed the giant Goliath.


So, whatever you like to do, if it’s tickling the ivories, or giving your best shot, be the cream of the crop, and go for it. The time is now. It’s never too late!


Here’s to new beginnings!


It's Never Too Late
by Carole Gilbert
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