Retirement is that day in the far future that everyone looks forward to. No alarm clocks, no rush hour traffic, no meetings. But I loved my work in education. I loved learning myself and felt it was meaningful and gave me a sense of purpose. When the day for me to retire came in December, I was scared. What do I do now? Watch Gunsmoke and Andy Griffith? What is my purpose?
I began praying and asking God what now? I was reminded with the stack of books on the night stand of how I always wanted to study his word and fellowship more with the Lord’s family and my physical family.
Eccl. 3:1. Tells us there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. (NIV). This is the season for making changes to my life. Changes I’ve always wanted-
• Time each day for my own Bible Study, praying, journaling, and just quiet time with God and not jump up to get ready for work. I’m trying different places around the house to set up my “quiet spot.”
• Sharing our home to become closer with our fellow Christians without stressing over it being clean. We have been blessed this summer to have our youth intern, Jesse, with us. He has helped me step out of my comfort zone to love him and support his dreams and goals as he shares his love of God and the word with me.
• More fellowship with my Sisters in Christ through Heartfelt Moms has energized my love for Christ when listening to stories of struggle and blessings, planning our times together with younger sisters, and becoming more involved in one another’s lives.
• Closest to my heart has been time with my personal family. Sunday dinner with my kids, time for one on one with my granddaughters to talk about their lives and influence them, but most importantly, time with my sweet husband for just the two of us to renew our relationship.
Meaningful work is a part of our happiness, but retirement does not mean you quit working, but allow “God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13 NIV