72 years old.
I don't about you, but the closer I get to 30 the less excited I get about physical activity. I exercise because I HAVE to not because I have this yearning to climb a mountain or compete in a physically tasking sport. Hiroshi is a Japanese equestrian rider who earlier this year at the age of 70 qualified for the 2012 London Games. What would possess a man that old to embark on such an ardous task?
85 years old.
And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. Joshua 14:10
Caleb was 85 years old when the Isrealites reached the promised land. He wandered in the wilderness not because of his lack of faith but because of those around him. On reaching the promise land he approached an unconquered mountain inhabited by giants and told Joshua
I don't get this. On reaching the promise land, Caleb doesn't ask for the lush valley that has recently been conquered. He reminds Joshua of that day 45 years ago and says I want a chance to claim what God promised mii.
The story gets better because a little later he says "it may be that the Lord will be with me"
IT MAY BE.There was no dream or vision that he would conquer the inhabitants of the mountain.
No guarantee. But still, he wanted THE CHANCE to ATTEMPT at that which made others quake in their boots.
An olympian is not one that gives up on a dream.
An olympian is not one that cowers in front of an obstacle.
An olympian is not one that allows the passage of time to dictate their abilities.
An olympian does not reach for the certain but aspires for that which is uncertain.
Caleb is an olympian.
The older you get, the more you will hear people tell you to give up or let go of a dream. The rationale is always that you are too old but remember, with God ALL things are possible.
Check out my 2010 post on Caleb's name, mission and destiny.