You have forty. I have forty. Most of us have forty.
Most of us have around forty years to intentionally make a difference in our lifetime.
Think about it for a moment. Most of us graduate from college a little before twenty-five, and most of us will retire from our profession a little before sixty-five.
Our most active years will be those from twenty-five to sixty-five.
Here’s my question — what will you do with your forty?
Will you buy all the toys you want, or take all the trips you want? Will your 40 be pretty much about you? Will you assume a comfortable middle class or upper middle-class lifestyle? Participate in what is normal?
Or will your forty years be different because you focused on others?
Think of what could be done over forty years.
Think of what you could do over the span of forty years if you invested your money and resources into your community — into giving others a chance by investing in them.
Think about living in a city where the homeless have a place to sleep because followers of Jesus unite together, pool their resources and purchase a building that is then converted into a resource center for the poor and homeless. A place where people could take a warm shower or wash their clothes. A place where the homeless could sleep on nights when it is extremely cold or hot outside.
Think about living in a city where all orphans are adopted by families who follow Jesus. Imagine families who welcome the fatherless and motherless into their home environment and give love and acceptance. Imagine giving someone a home where they belong — where they are given a bedroom of their own and a place at the table.
Think of what Rome would look like if we gave some true thought to what we are doing with our forty. Think of what we could accomplish if hundreds of us decided to live our forty differently. Just picture what we could do if we decided to love the unloved, to pour our resources into our community. Visualize what we could do by following the actions of Jesus. He reached out while He was on earth. What could you do if you spent your forty getting to know and learning about people who are different from you?
Imagine what Rome would look like in forty years if we all decided to live intentional lives. Lives that make a difference because we don’t live for ourselves — but we love, live for and invest in others.
Will this world be better because of your forty? Will the world be better because of what you did with your individual life during your forty? Will you look back with satisfaction because of how you allocated your resources during your forty?
It’s your forty! And you determine what you do with it!
Colossians 3.17, “17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”
Joey Haynes is a follower of Jesus, married way out of his league, has two of the coolest children in the universe and is blessed to work with an amazing community of believers known as The Church at Rome.