We returned from a wedding recently. While speaking with my older daughter, she said, “next time, I would be the little bride”. My response to her struck a chord in me; “you can no longer be the little bride, you are older than a little bride. Only your younger sister can be.”

Friend, do you know that your destiny is timed? You need to redeem the time (Ephesians 5:16). While there are endless opportunities in God to be all you are meant to be, you need to realize that God has earmarked certain things for certain seasons of our lives (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11). When you pass the age and season, there are some things you would not be able to do regardless of your interest or passion.

Did you notice that important activities in life have age limit? For example, there is a certain age in which you might not be able to play football again or participate in any other sport. Even if there is no age limit, you would realize that you can no longer perform as effectively as you should be.

Recently, Serena Williams lost another Grand Slam to Naomi Osaka who outsmarted her at the semi-final. I watched as she got so emotional and teary-eyed that she could not finish the interview she was granting. Serena is trying all she can to get back to winning ways but age and the season she’s in seem to be unfavorable to her. Thankfully, she had given her best in her early years and have won several grand slam titles; she’s a fantastic player!

What am I saying today? You need to invest in your destiny while you still have the opportunity. At a certain age, there are some jobs you can no longer apply for despite your qualification; age has disqualified you. Thank God for Grace and Mercy that cause us to succeed beyond limitations, but the beauty of Grace is seen when it is maximized on time; you must not frustrate the grace of God (1 Corinthians 15:10, Galatians 2:21).

This season, don’t be slothful else you miss your slot. Don’t think you have all the time to do what God has called you to do (Joshua 13:1, Romans 12:11, Colossians 4:17). Don’t think that the opportunities you are having now would always be there. Always remember that Grace has not been given to excuse you from labour but to empower you to labour. Give your best now because age is not on your side. You will succeed!

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria