Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Never Too Late




I am reading Pursue the Intentional Life with the Bloom Book Club at (in)Courage. It is a joy to watch the videos and listen to author Jean Fleming share her heart.

Have you ever wondered what sort of old lady you will one day become? Jean has given it a great deal of thought and prayer and preparation. I have been so encouraged, remembering anew that it is never too late to do something new - to pursue a dream God has placed on your heart.

It reminded me of this post I wrote several years ago:

Grandma Moses began painting when she was 77 years old. That gives me great hope. So often we think if we don't accomplish something great by a certain age it will never happen. Or, even more discouraging, if we don't realize a dream we've cherished by a certain age it is simply too late. 

I think we have seasons of our lives. In our youth we are often just too busy with the "business" of living. There is little time to pursue the "dream". However,the day comes when we do have more time to begin that pursuit. I thought it would be encouraging to see what some people accomplished in their later years:

Winston Churchill wrote "A History of the English-speaking Peoples" at age 82.

Goethe completed "Faust" at age 80.

At age 99 Harold Mark Foster of Owensboro, KY began learning to read.

Katherine Pelton swam the 200 meter butterfly in 3 minutes 1.14 seconds, beating
the men's world record for the 85-89 age group by over 20 seconds.

Frances Peyton Rous became the oldest Nobel Prize Laureate at age 87

At age 88 Michelangelo created the architectural plans for the Church of
Santa Maria degli Angela

Artur Rubinstein performed one of his greatest recitals in Carnegie Hall at age
89

Pablo Picasso was still producing drawings and engravings at age 90.

Albert Schweitzer ran a hospital in Africa when he was 89 years old.

At age 91 Hulda Crooks climbed Mt. Whitney

Margaret Ringenburg flew around the world when she was 72.

Alice Porlock of Great Britain published her first book "Portrait of My
Victorian Youth" when she was 102 years old.

It is never too late to do the thing God has placed on your heart!


Blessings,
Linda

4 comments:

Patricia Hunter said...

Amen, Linda!!!! Linking arms with you, sweet lady, as we walk through this life season with the confidence and expectation that God will use our gifts until He's ready to take us Home. xox

SimplyDarlene said...

Nobody has ever asked me what kind of old lady I think I'd make. Hmm. I have no idea. Hopefully a stubborn, determined, laughing, loving one!

:-)

Blessings.

Beth said...

I imagine they had some aches and pains too, but persevered. Gives me hope! :>)

lil red hen said...

Yes, I have wondered what king of old lady I will be ~ stubborn I suppose. I especially worry about what will become of the farm if I am left alone. I hope to be able to continue working with my hands. Actually I guess I'm living as an old lady now at 73. :)