Retirement Day

Friday March 4 is here and that means I am officially retired.  That does not mean I am no longer working. It means after 15 years I am shifting gears. In my previous post I described an emotional journey that led to my decision to announce my retirement.  While this was one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make, I am excited about the opportunities I will face.

Fifteen years ago I was unemployed and not sure what I was going to do next. I did a lot of soul searching and praying asking God to speak to me in a clear and precise voice.  He did that through a book I bought because I liked the title.  The book? What Color Is Your Parachute by Richard N. Bolles.  This book is a practical guide for finding meaningful work and more importantly how to find your passion.  The appendix of the book put a spiritual spin on the process.  This is where God spoke to me loud and clear. Below are the words Robert Bolles wrote.

  1. Your first Mission here on Earth is one that you share with the rest of the human race, but it is no less your individual Mission for the fact that it is shared: and it is to seek to stand hour by hour in the conscious presence of God, the One from whom your Mission is derived. The Missioner before the Mission, is the rule. In religious language, your Mission here is: to know God, and enjoy Him forever, and to see His hand in all His works.
  2. Second, once you have begun doing that in an earnest way, your second Mission on Earth is also one that you share with the rest of the human race, but it is no less your individual Mission for the fact that it is share: and that is, to do what you can, moment by moment, day by day, step by step, to make this world a better place, following the leading and guidance of God’s Spirit within you and around you.
  3. Third, once you have begun doing that in a serious way, your third Mission here on Earth is one that is uniquely yours, and that is:
    • To exercise the Talent that you particularly came to Earth to use – your greatest gift, which you most delight to use,
    • In the place(s) or setting(s) that God caused to appeal to you the most,
    • And for those purposes that God most needs to have done in the world.

Once God spoke, and I acknowledge His message, I found a job listing in the local newspaper advertising for a computer trainer.  I submitted my resume believing I could do the job even though I had no experience as a  computer trainer.  In fact, I had no experience as an educator other than teaching Bible study lessons to adults in my church. I got the job teaching computer classes at Driscoll Children’s Hospital and the rest, as they say, was history.

For the past 15 years, my Modus Operandi has been a paraphrase of Mr. Bolle’s words above.

  1. Glorify God in all you do, think, and say (1 Cor 10:31)
  2. Pay attention to your shadow for this is what follows you, it is what you leave behind; hopefully God’s goodness and love. (Ps 23)
  3. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Ps 37:4)
While I am sad to leave many wonderful and dear friends, I am excited about retirement. I am more certain today that this is all in God’s plan for me. Monday, March 6th begins a new adventure.
I leave you with the following quote from the Charles M. Schultz.
“Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.”
Perhaps it time for some of you to learn to shift gears.

5 responses to “Retirement Day

  1. Awesome post & great words to live & guide us all…thanks for sharing them. God is going to bless you in your new adventure — no doubt! Congratulation on your retirement and let the next phase of your life begin! Cannot wait to see what God has planned for you!God bless.

  2. Congratulations on your retirement! It does take some getting used to so be prepared. It feels very strange at first to wake up and have no place you have to be at a certain time. Then it starts feeling good! Take time to enjoy God's beautiful creation and to just enjoy life…you've earned it.

  3. As Donna said, retirement does take awhile to get used to. I've been retired now for a couple years, and I'm finding it to be very liberating. Although it has taken me awhile to relax in the fact that I have no schedule, and nothing pressing that has to be done each day, time does not feel like it's standing still. Days go by faster than ever, it seems. We're having more fun, feeling closer to one another and to our Lord Jesus Christ every single day.I've decided that God wants me to use my gifts. I'm working on being a better photographer, and writer. God has blessed us more than we could even imagine. We are preparing to travel and meet people and share our lives, and His Blessings. May God continue to guide and direct you in your daily walk. You will be amazed at the joy and peace that He will bring to you as you rest in His Love!Thanks for sharing with us.

  4. As long as you continue to seek God's guidance, it will come. Consider not what tomorrow holds for tomorrow is God's to give or withhold. We have only today. Make it count for God and it will count for us too!God Bless and Keep You. Our country needs more people like you.

  5. Awesome post. Just have to say – I miss you two!!!

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