Blog Summary - Last Ten
We’re continually struck by the similarities of college graduation and retirement. Of course, it’s right to celebrate past educational and vocational achievements, but it’s incomplete if we don’t ask, “What’s next?”
Let’s do what we can to publicly champion and help shape the new frontiers ahead, for both early and later-life milestones.
One major drawback of circled-wagon age segmentation is a stifling of the Spirit. It can also spill over into racial and socio-economic segregation, where we mainly look out for the interests of others like ourselves.
We’ve discovered while working with adults over fifty that some dormant periods are common.
Where we get into trouble as leaders is mistaking temporary setbacks for signs of death, “the beginning of the end”. We move prematurely into thinking days of fruitfulness will never return.
Little did I know that just minutes after the above photo was taken that I would lose complete control of the left side of my body.
Like the leader of a local faith community who approached Jesus and confessed he was dealing with both faith and doubt, I am dealing with uncertainty as I am confessing my faith.
We don’t serve to wow others, but God can sure use willing hearts to help inspire.
Never underestimate the value of meaningfully engaging the very young and very old in serving. Don’t write them off … they have special capacity to motivate others.
Retirement was never about unplugging from serving, sharing, and giving ... or going. This was in our DNA; this kind of living wasn’t going away. So we positioned ourselves for being available, useful, even as we made plans for travel in our motorhome.
With a simple heart pivot, God can transform present vocational or situational perspectives so that we can readily attest, “YES! I’m right where God wants me for now, living out His dream for my life.”
In these last days of 2018 and in this new year ahead with life’s busyness, we hope you’ll take time for afterglows with loved ones.
And may all of our lives - lived out in the afterglow of Jesus coming to save us – reflect His joy, grace and deeper appreciation for His Word.
Scarcity (one of only nine Supreme Court seats) collided with abundance (potential for decades of influence).
In most over-fifty contexts, we tend to emphasize the scarcity—not abundance—of significant years remaining.
We’ve heard some people at his ripe age of ninety declare that they’ve outlived all of their friends. Not Papa Don. He had a constant stream of friends and family—all ages—visiting and calling him in his final days—and showing up at his memorial celebration.