Please Stop Acting Your Age

In our Westernized culture we have somehow begun to believe that once you reach a certain age you must start acting a certain way. You must quit pursuing the dreams that haven't come to fruition yet. You must be afraid to try something new because it is too hard to teach an old dog new tricks. You have to do things the same way you have always done them because, even if it is more efficient, learning something new is too hard.

So we become complacent. We wait for the next day to drag by. We live for the weekend so we can mow the grass, sit in boredom in front of the tv, or splurge for a weekend meal at the local Mexican restaurant. We go to bed at the same time, we get up at the same time, we eat the same breakfast, and go to the same job that some of us love but many of us just tolerate because at least it's a job. And along the way we never consider what could happen if we truly began to live the life that God intended for us to live. A life that actually makes a difference. A life that inspires. A life that moves out of our comfort zone and motivates us and those around us. A life that is full and abundant.

We must push ourselves to get off of the treadmill of the "so-so life" that is easy and comfortable, that doesn't push us, and that never makes us break our stride. We need to quit making excuses (like our age) and determine that we will become motivated to do a little hard work and try something different.

To volunteer with the kids from the other side of town who don't come from the same homelife you were privileged to have.

To learn a foreign language.

To take a class at the local community college in computer skills or cake decorating or whatever else you have always wanted to learn.

To learn how to swim.

To learn how to write.

To open your home to an exchange student or travel on a mission trip to dig
wells or build homes in a third world country.

To join a local running group who inspires you to finish your first 5k.

To start an online business or charity.

To have something to look forward to that says, "Yes, this is it! This is my sweet spot. This pushes me!"

Why? Because I am convinced that there are far too many of us scared, embarrassed, or just complacent to do the things in life that are comfortable and that we are missing out on a greater reward because we never considered a bigger step.

A sweet friend who I know through a local ministry I am involved in had convinced herself that she really didn't have that many skills that could be used for a greater good because she had boxed herself in to complacency. She had a heart to heart talk with the Lord one day and essentially said, "I love shopping, I love purses, and I love you, God but I am not sure how any of that fits together. So if you could please show me that would be great!!"

As a result she started Change Purse with three other stay at home mom friends. Their goal was to collect and refurbish new or like new purses and handbags, sell them online and at charity events, and donate the proceeds to girls caught in the sex traffic industry. The first year they raised approximately $25,000 towards sex trafficking and awareness. They have since raised and donated tens of thousands more to organizations both here and abroad that work with girls who are caught in the sex traffic industry. She inspires, she looked outside her comfort zone, she took the things she loved, and turned it into a sisterhood of women helping women through her love of shopping and purses.

You've got far more skills, knowledge, strength, and talents than I expect you ever imagined yet many of us are wasting it by doing very little to realize them. I know that we were made to do more than just survive day to day life. I know that we were made to thrive in the places where we were planted with the gifts that have been bestowed upon us. So instead of finding 101 reasons why you can't push yourself, let's start looking for the one reason that you can. You were made for so much more!

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. -Erma Bombeck 


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