Someone came to me and said that they were now over 50 and their life had become a failure. Why do we have a timetable for when life "becomes" a failure? I asked the person if they thought their life was a failure at 15, or 30, or 40? They said no. They still had hope, plans, and some optimism. All these things apparently had a shelf life of 50 years. It is called expectations. Some of us run out of expectations and replace it with failure. However, God's hope, love, grace and patience with us has no shelf life. God's plan for us, for who we can become does not end with our turning 50 or 60 or whatever. I just met a follow who is 76. He is full of compassion, kindness, good works and helpfulness. He feels his life is full with the power of God at work in him. He has been sober for 20 years, which means that he was a bit of a nasty drunk until he was 56. Had he killed himself, the community would not have experienced all the good he has done. So, even when you give up hope, God does not. If you see your life as a failure, that is your opinion. God has a second opinion.