“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.