I was having a conversation with someone at work the other day and they commented about wanting to finish a degree, currently this person has an Associates degree but wants to get a Bachelor’s degree. But, as we talked, age came up and she said it 2 years and she would be X years old and then asked me if I thought it was dumb or if it was too late. Well, I related to her about my deciding to get my Bachelor’s degree and then go to med school and how so many “friends”, coworkers, family and others liked to tell me that it would take at least 8 years for college and med school, then residency in addition to that would be 3 or more years, usually adding, “do you know how old you will be in 11 years?” Well, as it is, I do happen to be able to do math and I knew my age, so yes, I knew how old I would be in 11 years (or in my coworkers case, 2 years) and that being said, I also realized that had I waited, I would in 1, 2 or however many years later, think about almost starting and then not doing it, I would have been that much older when I got it done. SO….I went, and I told her that if it is a goal she has, then waiting only delays things and since nurses with a BSN make so much more than with an ADN that it would help her financially plus give her other options for work that ADNs don’t have at this time.
SO, to answer her question: No, it is not too late! But, that question comes up a lot of times, my grandson is struggling some with math, and its because he takes too long on tests and then gets in a hurry, so doesn’t do well on the exams. But, he made a comment about how its halfway through the school year and its too late now. Well, no, because of one problem or another, things may be an uphill climb to get to his grade where it should be, but its not too late. If someone says or does something hurtful to another, can that be undone, no, but it can be forgiven and moved past…so, its not too late. Some even say that it is too late for them to have a relationship with God. They did this, that or whatever and start to feel that God won’t want them or forgive them. God will always forgive. As long as one is still alive, it is not too late.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17 (KJV)
So He doesn’t want us to be foolish, He wants us to be wise with our time, to learn God’s will and to do it, but He doesn’t say it is too late. Like the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son, God is waiting for us to come back and will greet us with love and mercy.
Lord, Thank You for the lessons, for reminding me that it is never too late to come to You and to do Your will for us. I pray in the name of Jesus that You continue to teach me that we should never give up on anyone or think it is too late. And, while it is never too late, the sooner one takes the steps they should take, the better served they, and YOU will be. I pray that You help me be the person You want me to be so I can be an example of Christ’s impact in a person’ life. I ask that You draw my family and loved ones to You and show them all Your plan for them.
Thank You all for your time today. I hope all have a blessed day and are able to be a blessing to others as well.