Too old? Too young?

So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”

-Genesis 18:12

“Alas, Sovereign Lord”, I said, “I do not know how to speak, I am too young.”

-Jeremiah 1:6

Since we were babies, we were always told that we were either too young for something or as we grow, we become too old for something.

So when we are saved and when God calls us to do something for Him or He speaks something over our lives, we develop what I like to call a Sarah mentality or a Jeremiah mentality.

You’re probably wondering what this 16-year old is on about this time but hear me out and you will see…

So a Sarah mentality is where you hear God speak something over your life and immediately you laugh and dismiss it due to the idea that you’re too old for it. Too old for that position at work, too old for the child, too old for marriage, too old to achieve this or that, if only you were younger… but jokes on us because God’s plan has no age limit. God did it for Sarah who thought she was too old to have Isaac.

See, our problem is that when we can not make sense of the how of God’s plan over our lives, so we put a plan in place that will somehow make sense of how God could make this word spoken over our lives come to pass. That’s exactly what Sarah did when she brought Hagar into the picture. I don’t blame her cause I would have probably done the same, at the end of the day, we’re human. Whilst we are busying trying to make sense of God’s plan, God is watching us and waiting for us to realise that what we’re doing isn’t His plan and then He removes what we did so that He can manifest the word that He promised and placed because God is not a man that He should lie. When God speaks, it will come to pass exactly the way he has designed it to.

It is never about and should never be about how we old we are for what God has spoken over our lives.

And now onto the Jeremiah mentality.

The Jeremiah mentality is the mentality developed by a person who feels that they are too young or ill-equiped for the work that God has called them to do. I mean, when God told Jeremiah that He was appointed a prophet over the nations, Jeremiah was probably like, ” sir, you may not be noticing this but who will listen to such a young person?” but God knowing the response, He assured Jeremiah that He must not be afraid, He is with him (Jeremiah 1: 7-8)

The moment that we begin to develop a Jeremiah mentality or a Sarah mentality, we are indirectly limiting the power of God to work in our lives. I know it isn’t what we intend but it is what we are doing.

You see, even when we develop a Sarah or Jeremiah mentality, God is a God of perfect timing. He knows exactly when to unleash or birth your gift/purpose. I remember when I wrote a post on Sarah , speaking on spiritual infertility as it relates to Sarah’s infertility, I was like, “God, who will listen to a sixteen year who has no experience with infertility” but God told me that it is not me who is writing, it is Him speaking through me.

The thing with God is that He does not look at your age in order to birth or unleash something through you. He looks at who is the best vessel to manifest His kingdom with this gift.

Your gift/purpose has nothing to do with your age, it has all to do with the fact that God saw you fit to manifest His kingdom with it and ultimately draw others closer to Him with this Gift/purpose.

All I’m trying to say is do not look at your age and assume you are too young or too old because God’s plan does not have an age limit. Period.


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