“My chosen ones will have satisfaction in their work…. They won’t work and have nothing come of it.” Isaiah 65:22,23
I have retired three times from working in a church setting. After the first two attempts to retire, my restless spirit found me another job. Now I’ve been retired for a month and am beginning to feel restless again. Yesterday, I stopped by my old office and the chair was empty, as the new office manager was home ill. It wouldn’t have taken much for me to sit down and start typing the bulletin. I loved working, feeling needed.
Perhaps I’m missing the stimulation of getting dressed and racing to get to work by 8:00 a.m. and the interactions with my co-workers. However, I realize that no matter how many times I retire, there will need to be a period of adjustment from the world of administrating and producing to my new life of choosing how to spend the remainder of my day. Today, before I begin to work on my book, I will recite three blessings of being retired:
(1) I am blessed to have a purpose—writing, speaking, presenting—, or just to be.
(2) I am blessed to have everything I need—earthly, physical, emotional.
(3) I am blessed to have a loving God accompany me through this new adventure called retirement.
Dear Lord, thank you for giving me a purpose for my life and choices in how I can fulfill them. Amen.