“The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” -Mark Twain
In Andy Andrews’ book “The Noticer”, the angelic character, Jones, discusses age with a very tired woman.
The lady explained that her life was over, she had outlived her usefulness and it was time for her to leave. She says, “I’m an old woman who just wants to live out her days without getting in the way of those who still have a lot to do.”
Not wanting to accept his negativity, Jones said, “Woo wee! And aren’t we glad that not everyone feels that way! The world would surely have missed great achievements.
With this, he begins a list of people who have achieved significant things in their old age:
Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals at the age of 78. Winston Churchill wrote a book that won the Nobel Prize for Literature at the age of 78. After spending years in prison, Nelson Mandela was inaugurated president of South Africa at 75.
Grandmother Moïse did not sell her first painting until she was 90 years old. Michelangelo didn’t begin work on St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the world’s greatest treasures, until he was 72.
As Jones continues his conversation with the weary lady, he says, “If you’re breathing, you’re still alive, and if you’re still here, then you haven’t finished what you were put on earth to do. If you have not completed what you were put on earth to do, that means your very purpose has not been achieved.
If your goal has not been achieved, then the most important part of your life has not yet been lived. …there are more children to teach and help and more friends to reach and influence.
Jones encourages, “Just seek to make a small difference in someone’s life. It reminds us that our time on earth is a gift to be used wisely. We must not waste our words or our thoughts. The simplest actions we take matter beyond measure. They matter forever.
Motivational speaker John Maxwell says that a career and a vocation are not the same thing because you can retire from a career, but you should never retire from your vocation. He says a career is something you do for yourself, while a higher calling is something you do for others.
There is a purpose for your life that is bigger than yourself. A call is given by God; it is a process of valuing others.
Author Julia Cameron, in her book “It’s Never Too Late to Start Over,” writes, “We all have one or more callings, but sometimes we don’t recognize them. Many people assume they have none at all. This is because the still, small voice may speak too quietly for them to hear when focused on worldly goals.
In such a needy world, we need to recognize our higher callings and do something for others.
“We have become his poetry, a recreated people who will fulfill the destiny he has given to each of us, for we are united with Jesus, the Anointed. Even before we were born, God planned in advance the good works we would do to accomplish it. –Ephesians 2:10, Passion Bible