I understand, failure is part of life. I’ve learned failing can signal an opportunity to succeed at something else. Perhaps, something even greater than you imagined. Most people fear failure, but it is your response that makes the difference.
My mother would say, "You are not your mistakes." I thought this was a ridiculous statement, especially when getting a D on my first grade four project, after arriving here in Port Perry. I was afraid everyone would know how stupid I really was.
Unfortunately, it's children like me who got overlooked, but it's my mother's belief in the Lord which kept me moving forward; she believed my set backs weren't permanent. My mother would ask me, what's next? I could never understand that, because she was suppose to be the parent and should be telling me what to do, right? Often, she would quote scripture, (those letters in red). She would encourage me to try again, and again, and again. She said, "life was hard, have realistic dreams (as I was a big dreamer), it's never too late, and never miss an opportunity to try". She believed in me when no one else would.
Maybe your life isn't where you want it to be, maybe you haven't achieved certain things you'd hoped for, or maybe you are plagued by your past mistakes and failures, but God makes us worthy, if we will accept his transformative gift in Jesus, because he saved us through Christ. In God's eyes, success means discovering His will, or design for your life and using that purpose for the glory of God, this amounts to the highest glory of self.
Dementia has taken my mother from me but the learning lessons remain the same. Don't give up, keep trying, trust Jesus. With hard work and determination, even in failure, there can be success.
Childhood is painful, being an adult is painful, and I've learned you can't go back and change the past, but you can grow from it. What does life demand of you today? How will you meet those goals and aspirations you hid away and/or put on hold? What remains, is to find out if it is what God wants you to pursue. Then for sure, YOU can do it. The question is, have you even tried? What you need to do may surprise you, it may not make any sense, it may even offend you. Are you prepared to find wisdom, growth and understanding along the path? It's never too late.
Old age is viewed as an unavoidable, undesirable and problem ridden phase of life. How old is too old to do something new? At what age are you supposed to forget your dreams? My mother had won an educational scholarship after high school, which her father had declined on her behalf. As a result of the social climate of the times, he told her, further schooling was a waste, she was to get married and raise a family.
It was decades later, she would launch a successful tackle and bait shop in Port Perry. Learning new skills and delving into a position which men had previously held, she, never the less, was successful. After retiring, she launched another business in her late 70's. My mother continued to work into her 80's. It is never too late to change careers, or do something different with your life. At what point is it too late to be successful?
I love the quote, "No matter how many mistakes you make, or how slow you progress, you are still ahead of everyone who isn't trying.".
You are never too old to be a success, or make a difference in this world. There are things you can do to slow down your aging process, keep your mind sharp, keep learning, eat healthy and exercise, embrace technology, and use your past mistakes as stepping stones.
I know God isn't interested in our excuses because he sees in us what we don't see in ourselves. Often, God's plan will push us far outside our comfort zone, but those are the times we need to just fight through the fear and keep moving forward.
The world is full of examples of individuals who have come into their own as they aged. God will give you the courage to face your fear and win.
When our bodies are in a state of imbalance, from poor dietary habits, lack of exercise, and/or lack of sleep we can immediately feel it. I do, I feel sickly, sluggish and sometimes depressed. I have gained at least 30 pounds since my surgery last March. I know eating right will increase my energy and my mood, so why would I resist such positive changes? Why do I grab that bottle of pop and bag of chips instead of those carrots sticks and water?
I have been struggling with my food choices, making the wrong decisions and the wrong choices lately. I have also been making excuses for not exercising properly or avoiding exercise altogether. I'd get motivated, then I wouldn't stick with my plan. I would feel angry, frustrated, annoyed or just feel sorry for myself.
However, in December, I made a commitment to finally get Baptized. I had completed membership classes and I was waiting for my knee to heal. That decision has been life changing, in ways I cannot easily describe. I felt like I was being obedient to God, but, was I truly being obedient? Had I been fooling myself? Being obedient to God is very important in your Christian walk. True Christian obedience flows from a heart of gratitude for the grace we have already received from the Lord.
In quiet prayer I heard God urge me to get Baptized: it was a simple act of obedience that changed my life. I was more willing and ready to obey Him than ever before. This sheer act of obedience gave me more energy, a better attitude, and a closer relationship to understand God's word. The Bible tells us God blesses and rewards obedience. James 1:22 says, ''Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says . . .''
How does this tie in with poor choices. Well, I know healthy habits are hard to develop, but on that day I no longer craved caffeinated pop, and many other things started to change as well. I knew it was necessary for me to make some sacrifices. I needed to address all areas of my life. You know, God really does care what you put into your mouth because the food choices you make can restore your health or destroy it.
I read, a healthy habit is any behaviour that benefits your physical, spiritual, mental, or emotional health. These habits improve your overall well-being and make you feel good. Exercising and eating a healthy diet makes you feel better, boosts your confidence and self esteem. The benefits of exercise include decreased stress, and improved cognitive functions, at any age.
Healthy habits help prevent certain health conditions, such as, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure. When you eat a balanced diet your body receives the fuel it needs. I find this easier now. I know regular exercise also improves muscle strength, and boosts endurance, plus it will help with oxygen and nutrients to my body so I can go about my activities with sheer joy and excitement.
Will it be easy, no. Jesus says, "But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice." Luke 11:28. Whatever happens I will do it for the glory of God. I have a responsibility to do everything I can to make wise choices and obey God's commands. The Bible, is after all God's manual about how to live a successful life on earth. I will make every moment count.