I have been a lot lately about goals. Being the new year, it fits. I was reading the other day about it and ran across this statement…It is never too late to be who you might have been. I read this in an article that was written by Mark Batterson about how he sets goals. It jumped off the page and hit me over the head.
Mark is the pastor of a vibrant church in the Washington DC area. This line is one of the church’s core values. It is never too late to be who you might have become. That means that no matter how much time has gone by, you can still move toward a worthy dream. The dream may look a little different than it did when you first dreamed it, but it is worth pursuing all the same. The dream leads you to be more of who you really are.
This made me reflect on an example from my life. My Grandma Willis was in her late 50s when she finished her art degree. She was quite the artist and quite the woman from what I remember and the stories I have been told. It was a proud day for her when she accomplished it. She achieved a dream that many people would have though her too old to have. She didn’t listen to the naysayers. She didn’t give it up.
There are pieces of her art still hanging in my parent’s house. I, for one, am glad she didn’t give up the dream. The paintings that she left behind are a reminder to keep moving forward. They are a reminder to keep going when others say you shouldn’t. That inspires me. She inspires me still…even though she has been gone 35 years.
How about you? What dream have you been holding on to? Has it been in you, dormant for years? Maybe it is time to dust it off. Is there a goal you have wanted to achieve? Maybe it is time to hold it in your hand.
It is never too late to be who you might have become.