Blog Summary - Last Ten
Shani and I looked at each other but exchanged no words. I held her hand as Dr. Curran came in with a quiet ‘Good morning’—not his usual sunny greeting. He connected the new device and sat close for a listen.
“Sometimes there are no answers for this.”
God can use every detail of our lives for His glory if we will cooperate and lean into His plan. An out-of-place back and an old gospel song led to a series of unexpected miracles.
Some of God’s best work may occur during these unplanned sidewinders, on the road to our destination. Stay alert, and appreciate the journey!
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.