Important Truth – You Have a Purpose Whatever Your Age

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Don't believe the lie that you're too old or too your to live your plans with purpose. If God gives us a day to live He has a plan and a purpose for us to accomplish in the time that He gives us.

Rev and I have been doing a lot of reminiscing lately. And looking back we can see that God has always had a purpose for the things He has allowed in our lives.

Next month, will mark 51 years since we made a “temporary” move to St. Louis, MO, so Rev could go to Seminary. We thought we’d be there for four years and then move on to some new adventure in a new location. But God had a plan and purpose for us in the Gateway to the West.

Now that we’re retired and dealing with health issues it can be tempting to wonder if God still has a purpose for us. Culture may portray retired people as past their purpose, but God’s Word has another message for us.

Let’s take a look at Psalm 71

David is the believed author of this Psalm as it matches his writing style . . . one of asking God to hear his prayer, protect, and rescue him. But he added verses expressing his need for God to continue to use him and give him strength in his “old age”…

O Lord, You alone are my hope.
    I’ve trusted You, O Lord, from childhood.
Yes, You have been with me from birth;
    from my mother’s womb you have cared for me.
    No wonder I am always praising You!

And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside.
    Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing.

Psalm 71:5–6, 9

Whatever our age, young or old, the Lord alone is our hope. He has been and continues to be with us. We can trust Him because He promises that from the womb through old age He is always with us. And He keeps His promises!


  • to never leave or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5)
  • to help us carry our heavy burdens. (Matthew 11:28)
  • to strengthen us when we are weak. (Isaiah 40:29)
  • to calm our fear. (Zephaniah 3:17)
  • to forgive us. (1 John 1:9)
  • to meet all our needs in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

Our God is faithful and He keeps His promises.

He has plans for us…

I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. 

Jeremiah 29:11a

He has a purpose for us…

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:10

I don’t know where you fall on the age scale but wherever you are, God’s plans and purposes for you include Knowing, Trusting, and Loving Him . . . sharing His love, and telling others about Him.

God, You have taught me from my earliest childhood,
    and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do.

Let me proclaim Your power to this new generation,
    Your mighty miracles to all who come after me.

Psalm 71:17, 18b

One of the things the enemy uses to beat me down is to tell me that the older I get the more irrelevant I become. He may go after your heart with that lie, too.

But God… (Don’t you just love those two words?)

We are never irrelevant to God!

He has a plan and a purpose for every day He gives us. If He blesses us with the gift of another day . . . there is something for us to do.

And whatever our age, young or old, by God’s grace, we are always able and equipped to pray, praise, and proclaim.

I will always have hope
    and will praise You more and more.
I will tell how You do what is right.
    I will tell about your salvation all day long,
    even though it is more than I can tell.

Psalm 71:14–15 (NCV)

When God is with and within us we will always have a purpose in fulfilling His plans.

Don't believe the lie that you're too old or too your to live your plans with purpose. If God gives us a day to live He has a plan and a purpose for us to accomplish in the time that He gives us.

Let’s pray…

A Prayer for God’s Help to Live with Purpose

Father God, we spend so much time making plans without first asking You about Your plans for us. We purposefully work toward goals without prayerfully asking if they are what You want for us. We selfishly go for what we want without knowing if it’s Your will. Please forgive us. Please forgive me.

You have created every one of us. You equip each of us with everything we need to accomplish Your purposes. And You tell us Your purpose is that we would LOVE You and one another.

When I fail at loving the way You desire . . . You forgive me. You open the door for new opportunities and fill my surrendered heart with new attitudes.

Your Word says that when I trust You with all my heart, You will show me the path to take. (Proverbs 3:5–6) It tells us that You want everyone to be saved and know Your truth. (1 Timothy 2:4) It promises that You work Your purposes for good through a loving heart surrendered to You. (Romans 8:28)

I pray that with the help of Your Spirit, I will accomplish Your plans and purposes. Because I believe that if You have given me the gift of another day, You have something for me to do. So, I will faithfully pray, praise, and proclaim Your great love. And Your abundant blessings. Your all-sufficient grace. I thank and praise You now and forever . . . whatever my age. Amen.

Don't believe the lie that you're too old or too your to live your plans with purpose. If God gives us a day to live He has a plan and a purpose for us to accomplish in the time that He gives us.

Whatever your age from unsteady steps to confident strides or back to hesitant unsteadiness . . . God has a plan and a purpose for you.

Pray to Him . . . pray for your family and friends, your community and country, your enemies and advocates. Pray.

The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

James 5:16

Praise and Worship Him . . . lift Him up in song and love Him with all your heart.

They fell face down on the ground and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying, “He is good! His faithful love endures forever!”

2 Chronicles 7:3

Proclaim Him . . . Tell everyone about all that He has done for you and shine the light of His love.

You are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9

So, don’t ever give up! Whatever your age, God has a plan and a purpose for you!

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  1. I so needed this today!
    Blessings to you!

    1. I’m so glad it blessed and encouraged you, Marie! Thanks for visiting and for your kind words. Blessings!

  2. Thanks Deb! Your messages are always so encouraging! Blessings to you and Rev!

    1. Thank you so much, Eunice! Blessings to you and Rex as well.

  3. Carla Andrews says:

    Omg!!! This is so wonderful, and right! On time????????????

    1. Thank you for your kind encouragement, Carla. God be with you and bless you!

  4. Amen, Deb! No matter how old we are, our purpose is clear – to love and serve the Lord with everything we are, and to love our neighbor.

    1. Amen, Martha! May we love like Jesus whatever our age or situation. Blessings, my friend!

  5. Ana Cordova says:

    What beautiful words and prayers of how I should praise God daily and tell others of his unfailing love, grace, peace and mercy. Only you know what my purpose in life is. Help me to know what my purpose is and may the Holy Spirit guide me to always love you, thank you, praise you all the days of my life. Blessings to all following this wonderful podcast.

    1. Thank you for sharing your beautiful prayers with us, Ana! You truly bless our faith family here. God bless you!

  6. I was saved at the age of 64. It is NEVER too late and we are never too old to know the joy and peace of our Lord, Jesus. Thank you, Deb for reminding us and others how blessed we are at any age with these beautiful words. You are an inspiration to me every day.

    1. Amen, Barbara! What a wonderful testimony! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. God bless you!