Aging Gracefully Challenge - Day 4 - Let’s Fulfill Lifelong Dreams!

Yesterday we looked at my mom, who fulfilled a lifelong dream to get a PhD when she was age 75. Today we look at delays, giving up on the dream and God's fulfillment. We will look at the life of Moses,

Most of you know the story of Moses but here is a recap.

1) Even though he was Jewish, he grew up in Pharaoh’s family in Egypt. At that time the Jews were treated as slaves and were sometimes mistreated.

2) As a young man, the oppression really bothered Moses and he wanted to see his people freed from the mistreatment they were experiencing. One day he witnessed a Jewish man being beaten by an Egyptian. It enraged Moses and he killed the Egyptian. Oops. Sometimes younger people are foolish. Moses was 40 at the time. He fled Egypt and began tending sheep for his father-in-law.

Fast forward 40 years, God speaks to him in a burning bush. It turns out that God has the same dream as Moses’ dream. In Exodus 3 God says “And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” And Moses said “That is so great. This has been a lifelong dream of mine.” Actually no, Moses began making excuses and after four excuses finally said “Please send someone else.” And God was not happy with that.

In fairness to Moses, he failed so badly the first time, he probably didn’t want to try it again. But there is a big difference in doing it by yourself (and in your flesh) and doing it with God.

Day 4 Task – FULFILL LIFELONG DREAMS – What is your dream that is waiting for fulfillment? Does it seem there is a delay? Has the delay been so long that you no longer want to do it?  If you don’t have a dream, ask God for His dream for you. He made you for a purpose. Let’s fulfill our God-given purpose.

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