I chatted with a friend who was excited about the vision process his church was going through. Most of his conversation revolved around preparing for his retirement.
Seemed like a good idea to me. If he was going to retire from pastoring, the church ought to know about it and make preparations for a leadership transition.
“What are you gonna do when you retire?” I said.
“Nothing for a while,” he said.
“What do you mean ‘nothing’?” I asked.
“Nothing,” he said.
I had another conversation with a friend a few weeks later and the same subject came up—retirement from his church. He was about to lead his church through a vision process that involved his retirement.
(I know. I need some younger friends.)
I asked him what he would do in retirement.
“Oh I don’t know,” he said. “Probably not much of anything. Maybe travel some.”
“What do you mean ‘not much of anything’?” I said.
“Just want to do nothing for a while,” he said.
I was invited along with Mike to speak to and be a part of a group of Christian insurance agents’ retreat for a few days. I knew some of the folks there and had for a while.
One had retired. I had sent him a copy of Bob Buford’s Halftime when he decided to leave the company. Said he was searching for God’s will for this next season in his life. That’s why I sent the book.
Since he retired, his wife died from cancer. God led him to another wonderful companion whom he loves dearly. When I asked him what he was doing in retirement, he said, “I don’t know how I get it all done. I’m mentoring young businessmen in our church, involved with a local foundation . . .” and he listed so many meaningful activities, I got tired just listening.
“Some of the busiest people I know are retired folks,” I told him. “Are you having fun?”
“Yes,” he said, “and the best part of all is I’m making a real difference in people’s lives. That’s what I always enjoyed about working anyway.”
Seems to me my former-insurance-agent friend is a lot more like Caleb than my pastor friends. At 85 years young, he claimed a mountain for himself and his family.
I’d rather climb a mountain than do nothing any day, retired or not.
What about you?
Work Faith Positive regardless of your age and continue to increase your faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more.
Dr. Joey Faucette