At times we can feel we are past our used by date. There are often people younger that us who are better skilled and more equipped. But we are not to be dismayed.
At age 23, Tina Fey was working at a YMCA.
At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job.
At age 28, J.K. Rowling was a suicidal single parent living on welfare.
At age 30, Martha Stewart was a stockbroker.
Julia Child released her first cookbook at age 39,
and got her own cooking show at age 51.
Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team,
didn’t get the Editor-in-Chief position at Vogue,
and designed her first dress at age 40.
Kathryn Bigelow only reached international success
when she made The Hurt Locker at age 57.
Grandma Moses didn’t begin her painting career until age 76.
Louise Bourgeois didn’t become a famous artist until she was 78.
I don’t know how true all of these ages are, but they did make me feel a little better. It’s hard not to compare ourselves to others, but we all have our own race to run.
Just because we are not famous or considered highly successful does not mean we are a mistake or wasted space. It doesn’t take long to find someone who thought they were useless when we read through the Bible. And yet their stories have shown us that God can take the smallest of people and make the biggest of differences.
God knows you are significant. Don’t be marginalised by the rules of this world. Look to God for your purpose and achievements.
Lord, forgive me when I doubt my purpose. May I only look to You for direction. Amen.
How successful are you feeling at the moment?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.