I am about to enter a new phase in life … “retiring” from being a parish pastor … and moving into other forms of ministry.  That is why this email I received today from Steve May made a big impression.  Perhaps as you think about the next phase of your life … it will be helpful to you as well.

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Last week was the 9 year anniversary for Facebook. It launched on February 4, 2004, the original URL being thefacebook.com.

At first it was available only to Harvard students. Soon, other Ivy League students were invited to join. Then all university students. Then high school students. Then businesses. Then, in 2006, you and me. Today Facebook has one billion users. More than half the people in the US and one-third of the people in Brazil use Facebook.

So, Facebook is huge. What’s my point?

Nine years. That’s my point. Look at what a little less than a decade can bring.

Ten years ago, founder Mark Zuckerberg was a college sophomore facing disciplinary charges for hacking into the Harvard student database. Today, he’s one of the world’s most wealthy and influential men.

Back then, Facebook was barely more than an idea, just an ambitious little website that he launched from his college dorm. Today it’s a global force; one out of six people in the world have a Facebook profile.

Of course, some say that Zuckerberg got lucky, that he was in the right place at the right time. Maybe so.

Still, it begs the question: In which way might today be your lucky day? For what great work is today the right time for you? For what great work is your current situation the right place?

Do you dare look ahead 10 years and allow yourself to imagine what God can accomplish through you? Do you dare apply yourself to this task every day between now and then?

2023 is already on its way. Imagine what a decade can bring. Imagine what you can accomplish between now and then. How many books you could write? How many languages you could learn? How many people you could tell about Jesus? How much Scripture you could memorize? How many things about your world that you could make better? In the next 10 years, what could you do? Build a medical clinic? Fund a school? Start a new church?

Maybe you’re tempted to think that your best opportunities are behind you. Or that your time hasn’t yet come. Maybe you’re tempted to think that you can get serious about the future at a later date, sometime in the future.

Or maybe you remember what Jesus said: “Listen to what I’m telling you: Open your eyes and look at the fields, for they are ready for harvest.” (John 4:35)

It’s not too late and it’s not too soon. Today is the right time and this is the right place for God to do a great work through you.

Are you ready to begin?