“I quit.” That is easy to say, also easy to do. Far too many have quit far too soon. Here are some examples of some who did not quit, who even late in life were making a contribution.
Grandma Moses took up painting when she was in her 70’s and continued well past her 100th birthday, creating over 500 celebrated works of art. Those she finished at the age 100 are too rare and valuable for ordinary museums to afford.
Golda Meir was 71 when she became prime minister of Israel.
Benjamin Franklin helped to frame the Constitution of the United States at the age of 81.
Michelangelo was 89 when climbed a high, cold scaffold to lie on his back for weeks while painting the ceiling to the Sistine Chapel.
Noah Webster compiled the first comprehensive dictionary of American English which standardized so many of our awkward spellings. He accomplished that dubious feat at age 70.
Galileo opened our eyes to the heavens when he invented the telescope at age 73. Centuries later a 78 year old Ben Franklin gave us bifocals. Bless him!
Caleb was 85 years old when he told General Joshua, “Give me this mountain” knowing it would take a strength beyond his own to rid it of its gigantic inhabitants.
Abraham was 75 when God chose to move him in a new direction—both geographical and spiritually.
The temptation for the young is to be self-absorbed and waste their life on pleasure. The temptation for the old is too quit too soon. Remember, God may not be finished with you yet.
Some of the finest payer warriors, mentors and encouragers are those individuals with high mileage, who know where the potholes of life lie.
Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.