Never Too Old

by  Sharron K. Cosby


“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran”

(Genesis 12: 2, 4, NIV).

My seventieth birthday looms closer and closer. Well on my way to senior citizenship, I continue to pursue the writing dreams I’ve hauled around for decades.

The American folk artist, Grandma Moses, began her painting career at age seventy-eight. The challenges of working a farm, cleaning homes for wealthy people, and tending to her family derailed the pursuit of her childhood passion. In her late seventies, her daughter suggested she resume painting, which she did quite successfully. Her artwork initially sold for meager amounts, but later fetched thousands.

Abram was an old man when he received his divine walking papers. Can you imagine packing up your possessions, telling your family goodbye, and heading off to an unknown destination, without AAA (roadside assistance)?

Abram’s advanced years when striking out into the unknown astounds us. Yet his obedience to acknowledge and heed God’s instruction proves even more impressive. He already enjoyed wealth and social status, so why leave the familiar? The decision taught him a lesson of obedience. After Abram passed the test, God rewarded his faithfulness.

Sometimes I feel like Abram, unaware of my writing destination. Maybe my path will lead to a bestseller’s list. Or not. Who knows? Not me. But as God knew Abram’s final landing place, he also knows mine.

I have a new year of choices ahead of me. I can stay where I am, comfortable and safe, or I can follow seventy-five-year-old Abram’s example and set out for the Promised Land God has waiting for me.

Care to join me?

Father, thank you for not giving up on those of us with silver hair and wrinkles. Lead us gently to our lands of promise. Amen.


Sharron Cosby is a proud Alabama native transplanted to the sands of Florida. She is an award-winning author and loves speaking about her family’s journey through addiction and other hope-filled topics. Her book, Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90, is a devotional for families who love an addict. Connect with Sharron at

7 thoughts on “Never Too Old by  Sharron K. Cosby”

  1. Sharron, thank you for your encouraging devo. I’m in my 70’s & need the voice of others in that age group. God doesn’t mind the age of his authors!

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