Written by Kelly Lewis | ChattHOP Intern
There is hope. For all.
Society is always telling us that it’s the young people who have so much to live for. It’s the young, the energized, the able, the ones who haven’t made big enough mistakes to ruin their life, the ones who “still have time” to decide what they’re going to do with their life.
I’m 21. To someone in their sixties I may seem young, but to someone only turning 6, I may be as old as it gets. I’m friends with people in their thirties, forties, fifties, even nineties, all whom have lived more life than I have, all whom have “used more time,” and all whom I still see hope for.
The idea that we are somehow losing life as we get older doesn’t sit well with me. Rather, I hear the words of the God of Israel saying in Jeremiah 29, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
And when I read these words, I find it impossible to come across any specification of plans and prosperity for only the young.
Where does it say that a hope and a future are put aside and saved for only those who haven’t lived as much life yet?
As a matter of fact, this word of God was sent from Jerusalem to the elders among the exiles. These words were sent to reassure the people that God had not abandoned or forgotten them. He still had a purpose for all of them.
So yes, I am young and God has a hope and a future for me. But you, you have an incredible hope and future too; one that cannot be taken away by age, and one that cannot be minimized by society. You may feel run-down, used up, exhausted, and hopeless, but sometimes I feel that way too.
Age does not determine the goodness that the future holds for either of us.
The Psalmist tells us that God has written every single one of our days in his book (Psalm 139). Which means from the moment we were thought of to the moment we face death, every single millisecond of whatever age we are, that age is meaningful and purposeful. That age is a part of God’s perfect plan.
Society may tell me that I have all the time in the world for new opportunities and good decisions just because I’m young, but what is it saying to the mother or the father, the grandmother or grandfather? What is it saying to the one who has regrets, or the one who feels like they have fewer choices and fewer chances? What is it saying to the one who has given up hope, who feels like an exile?
God would say that there is hope.
God gives hope to the young and hope to the aging.
“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10).
Scripture tells us that there is opportunity.
There is always opportunity with God.
We are being taught to not grow weary, no matter our age. We are being taught to not give up.
So to the newborn, there is hope for your future. To the mother with a newborn, there is hope for your future. To the eighth grader who can’t see beyond the school years, there is hope. To the college graduate in a state of normlessness, there is hope. To the parent who feels like they’re losing time, there is hope. To the grandparent, who wants again to be young, there is hope.
God still has great things planned.
With the time we’re given, we’re also given a freedom to fulfill responsibilities, to make choices and take chances.
In all of this, the most beautiful part is that we never run out of time, because though our flesh may be growing old, our spirit is becoming ever new. We’re constantly becoming a new creation, each and every day.
There is no promise of another five or even sixty years. There is no promise of more time. Our time is but a mist. But even when society dismisses you at a certain age, God never gives up on you. He never cuts you off from having a bright future, full of possibilities.
There is hope no matter where you are in life, for we have eternity with God.
So no, you didn’t miss your time; you’re in your time, right now.