Are We Ever Too Old to have Purpose in Life?


“Do not cast me off in the time of old age;  Do not forsake me when my strength fails.  “ Psalm 71:9

I saw a motto on a college sign recently that said   “Come find your purpose”.  Hopefully that is the idea when college age kids go to college, they do find what they like and/or learn some skills to guide them in finding their purpose in life.   Isn’t that something that we do throughout life though?  Maybe there are a few who always knew what they wanted to do; but many do not.  While your’re young as a child, you basically go to school, play, do chores, etc.  When you go to college, you have to figure out what you want to do for a living, what is your purpose?  A job or career becomes your purpose.  Marriage and children give you purpose also.  Are we ever too old to have a purpose or to serve God?

Is Age a Barrier for Serving?

I started searching around on the web and ran across some good encouragement and insight which I will be sharing here.  First of all,  I read at this site:  “Age is no barrier, no offense before the throne of God.  A willing heart is all He seeks….”        

The Bible never says anyone is too old for God, (nor does He say you are too young either) but there is no age limit on serving God that I can read or see anywhere.

“Everyone who is called by my name, And whom I created for My glory, Whom I have formed,  even whom I have made. ”  Isaiah 43:7    All you need to do is be called by God and be willing.    Whether we are old or young, we all still are here for a purpose.  As long as you are willing and available, God can use you no matter what the age.

Secondly, God used many in the Bible  who were older.  Moses was 80 before he began his most active service for God.  (Exodus 7:7)  Joshua died at 110 years old after helping the Israelites conquer their land. (Joshua 24:29) Abraham was 100 and Sarah 90 before they had Isaac. (Gen.17:17)    Zachariah and Elizabeth were very old before they had John the Baptist also.  (Luke 1:18)  Simeon and Anna both lived to old age serving in the temple, awaiting the birth of the Messiah. (Luke 2:25-38)

We know that Paul the Apostle called himself ‘the aged’ before he died and Apostle John wrote his works at the end of the first century. (Philemon 9, John, 1 John, Revelation).  Daniel the prophet served through quite a few kings in Babylonia and we know he was not young when he died.  Job lived to over 140 yrs. (Job 42:16)  Reading this assures me that age doesn’t stop you from having purpose or serving God.

What about present day?  Are people still out being active?  You can find them if you look.   Specifically looking at women,  I think of Mother Teresa, Corrie ten Boom, Catherine Booth, Hannah Moore who lived  to be 88, and even Anne Graham Lotz who is about 69  and serving as head of the National Day of Prayer Organization and has written books.  Those are just a very few examples.    We may retire from secular jobs but we do not retire from service or having a purpose in the later years of life.

Is Culture a Barrier?


Sometimes our problem in finding purpose maybe related to our youth-oriented culture. Wisdom and experience of the elderly are not appreciated and society is too quick to put those who are older ‘out to pasture.’  Other cultures reflect the scriptural norm where elderly are revered; wisdom and experience are appreciated.  They continue in roles of influence until death.

Lastly consider, perhaps you think at retirement that you’ve already done your part in serving…..What’s left?  What lands are left to conquer?  (Josh. 13:1-7)  ‘Helping  hands’ needs are always present in the church, or sharing God’s love, sending cards or making phone calls or visiting the homebound,  Don’t forget children who’s love to hear your stories, younger women who need to be mentored, volunteering for a charity that you never had time to do before.   Blogging is another option that quite a few older people have started doing.  I will be sharing some of those other blogs soon for you to look at if you don’t already.

I know of one older lady who couldn’t walk and felt pretty useless the later years of her life.  She told me that the one thing she discovered she could do was smile at others when she was take out and about. She could only brighten someone’s day with a smile or encourage them, but it was the one thing she could do.  People enjoyed that smile!   If we are willing and available, God will bring opportunities our way, even if its just a smile or a kind word.

Other scriptures to consider:  2 Cor.3:5, Psalm 71:18,19; Isaiah 46:4, Psalm 92: 12-15, and Psalm 37:25 which says:

 “I have been young and now I am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Or his descendants begging bread.”

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One Reply to “Are We Ever Too Old to have Purpose in Life?”

  1. I’m not sure how I’ve been missing you, but I am regretting that I have! I love your outlook, and need to adjust myself to that frame of my mind. You always have good things to say! thanks!

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