Week 7 – It’s Never Too Late
You and Me Forever
Ch. 7: The Amazing Race
Last year I had the privilege of getting to know one of the most inspiring couples I’ve ever met. I don’t think either of them grew up in church – I’m not even sure how long they’ve been Christians – but you’d never guess that if you looked at the life they’re living for Christ now. They both led full lives by the world’s standards; they had a family, successful careers, and were looking at what I assume would have been a nice, relaxing retirement. Then God stepped in.
They now run an extremely successful and influential mission organization that does more things than I could list for the people of Haiti. They’ve given up the cushy retirement that we all seem to be striving for. They’ve even moved across the country so they are now only one short flight away from the country that they seem to spend half their time in.
According to Francis and Lisa, this couple is the exception to the rule in modern society.
“In America, the norm is to do the opposite: do radical things for Christ when you are 18-25, then slow down once you are married. When you have children, your service to Jesus slows to a crawl.”
Is that a rule that we, as Christians, should be following? I don’t think so. I don’t want to part of that statistic, do you?
I know that almost everyone who is doing this book study is past that “radical 18-25-year-old” stage that the book references. Does that mean our days of living for Christ are over? I certainly hope not!
If you look hard enough, you can find an exception to any rule, and maybe God is calling us to be the exception to this rule. It’s never too late to start (or continue) living life for Christ alone. Just look at the couple that I described above, their mission for God is the primary focus of their retirement years!
Throughout this book, we have been called to live more mission-focused lives, and the final chapter just reiterates that for us.
“Don’t you want to be able to look at your loved ones and tell them about how faithful God was during your lifetime? And don’t you want to encourage them to follow your example in staying faithful to the God who was faithful to His promises?”
Yes, Francis. I do!
As we come to the end of this study, take some time to reflect on all that you have learned. Have your perspective or priorities shifted since we began 7 weeks ago? I know mine have. But here’s the big question:
What are we going to do about it? Even if you’ve read the chapters and blog posts, watched the videos, and participated in the discussions, it’s all wasted if you don’t do something different. Start living for God in a way that you’ve never done before.
If you’re not sure how to do that or where to turn next, I hope you’ll join me for my next study – She Believes: Embracing the Life You Were Created to Live.
Kristin is a wife and mother of two fur babies, who lives in Princeton, WV. She has a passion for Jesus and reading, which she put together to found the Biblical Wives Book Club. She seeks to encourage other young wives to maintain strong, Christ-centered marriages through a community of women who support each other as women of God.