Wednesday Wisdom Tip: When are the Best Years of Your Life?
“High School…these are the best years of your life!”
This is one line that can really send my daughter straight to a place of frustration!
This season, at the very beginning of life, is as good as it gets? I’m quick to encourage her “No! God has more!”
I really love the account of Elizabeth in the Bible.
Elizabeth had spent her entire life serving and honoring God, but the very best part of her life came in her second half.
The best years of her life came in the late years of her life.
In Luke 1:7, Elizabeth and Zechariah “had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old.” (NLT) But time holds no power with God, He sends an angel to let them in on His plan. They were going to have a baby, even if Zechariah didn’t understand how. (v. 18) Though her husband questioned, Elizabeth did not. Instead, she took the road of thanks.
Elizabeth took the road of thanks.
“How kind the Lord is!” she exclaimed. “He has taken away my disgrace of having no children.” Luke 1:25 (NLT)
Like a score board displaying a winning score, yet the game is far from over, Elizabeth ran up the score in the second half of her life. Her “best years” were not her young years, but her older! And not only did she get the desire of her heart in her second half, she used this time wisely and invested in the life of the younger Mary. She used her enthusiasm for God and His word to encourage another just beginning her life of serving and honoring God.
It’s time to run up the score.
We can learn a couple of things from Elizabeth:
1. Look forward.
Until the day we leave this earth, God wants to be doing His work in us. Let’s position ourselves to be ready, calling out to God, “Put me in!” so we can
run up the score in our own lives!
2. Look for someone to invest in.
Elizabeth had learned so much in life, serving along side her priest-husband, Zechariah. She didn’t sit on this wisdom, but poured it into the young
woman, Mary, who would need this wisdom too!
The best years of our lives are any years we partner with God!
Would you consider being an Elizabeth to a young woman in your world? A woman who comes along side, helping to prepare another for the good and the hard that lays ahead in life? I am praying that God will rise up women who will say “yes” and begin sharing their lives through mentoring, small groups, or simply befriending a girl or younger woman in the year to come!
“His Revolutionary Love” and “Magnetic” both have guides to help you come alongside you as you invest in another! (And just in time for the holidays, Proverbs 31 Ministries is running a special of both books together plus free shipping this weekend! Don’t miss it!) I’d be happy to stop by the office and personalization them for you too! Just shoot me an email at Lynn@LynnCowell.com.
I would give “Magnetic” to my only child and daughter Genesis. She is a college freshmen and I’m an empty nester. We try really hard to share Sunday dinner at least once a month, when she’s home.
I would give this book to my 12 year old daughter!
Recently my 16 year old told me a secret she had been keeping. My next moment after that was to release her from the shame by living her and sharing the glory of Gods power to heal her heart. She is a believer and doesn’t want to live her past. I believe the book and bracelet would encourage her in this end of her new life.
My 17 yr old daughter Sabrina
What a great devotion, my 24 year old daughter is moving back home this weekend 😉 she is a single mother to a 7 yr old son Isaac. I pray for her alot, after visiting your blog today I really feel that God led me here for a reason, I need more women to help me guide her along the path God has destined for her. Lana is excited to join our church & have Isaac attend awanas. I would really appreciate more information & guidance from you if you have time.
Girls need to know they have a heavenly Mother who loves them! I met Mary when I died in 2010. She is full of grace! And, she is willing to pass grace onto her children, us! Mary is the best role model for little girls. She was conceived without sin and has nothing to hide! She magnifies the Lord. We should do likewise before God disappears from our lives! Please consecrate to Mary soon! “33 Days to Morning Glory” is the book you must read!
I’m in I pray for peace and Gods understanding for each woman including myself. You all be blessed. Thank you
I would give the book to my daughter, mother of my grandchildren. And I would keep the bracelet to remind me to pray constantly for my 2 daughters.
May God bless you, Bobby.