The other day two guys came into the office to see the doctor. The first one came in with his mom, she had filled out his paperwork for him, she gave me his insurance card and paid his copay, she asked clarifying questions of the doctors, and she scheduled his follow up appointment. All the while, he sat around on his phone or cracking really obnoxious jokes.
Later that afternoon the other guy came in. He had all his paperwork filled out and all his needed information together, he was polite to all the office staff, and he was engaged and made sure he understood what was going on with his medical situation.
Now, one of these guys was 25, the other was 18. Could you guess which was which?
Yes, the one with his mom was the 25 year old.
It really got me thinking about age. Time and time again people ask me if I'm seventeen. (Why seventeen? Why can't I at least be eighteen? I just don't get it!) I smile politely, give a little chuckle and tell them that in reality I'm 24. (And yes, I know I'll be thankful that I look young someday) On the other hand, most of Nate's and my close couple friends are between 27 and 29. Because of this, people often think we're even older than we are. (Even though they still tell me I look seventeen) We often get treated with so much more respect by those who think we're older.
I'm realizing more and more that age truly shouldn't matter. Sometimes I find that I limit myself with my age. I tell myself I can't be a leader in the women's group because I'm only 24. We decide that maybe Nate needs more years under his belt before being in a pastoral position. I feel like I can't speak up when I disagree with those older than me, simply because of my age.
What would it be like if we all threw off the bondages of our age? What if we let God work in and through us, regardless of the number of years we've been on the earth? What if we stop looking at others with their ages in our minds and instead look at them as their actions dictate?
I think the words of 1 Timothy 4:12 are perfect here: "Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity."
God uses children, old men and women, and everyone in between to do His works. I, for one, don't want to forget that. I encourage each of you to allow God to guide you and not limit yourselves with the world's standards of age.