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.