In his book, Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, author Chuck Swindoll speaks about the incredible man named Caleb. After quoting Joshua 14:7-12, he writes:

“I love it! Caleb, though eighty-five years old, did not say, ‘Give me this rocking chair.’ No, not Caleb. He said, ‘Give me that mountain – up there where those giants live!’ He is still unafraid of the giants. The last thing we see of Caleb is his trudging up that mountain at eighty-five years old, rolling up his sleeves to take on the giants.”

Then, the author quotes from a dated Wall Street Journal full-page message:

“It’s What You Do – Not When You Do It”

Ted Williams, at age 42, slammed a home run in his last official at bat.

Mickey Mantle, age 20, hit 23 home runs his first full year in the major leagues.

Golda Meir was 71 when she became Prime Minister of Israel.

William Pitt II was 24 when he became Prime Minister of Great Britian.

George Bernard Shaw was 94 when one of his plays was first produced.

Mozart was just seven when his first composition was published.

Now, how about this? Benjamin Franklin was a newspaper columnist at 16 and a framer of the United States Constitution when he was 81.

You’re never too young or too old if you’ve got talent. Let’s recognize that age has little to do with ability.