At the beginning of our Christian walk we know God is good. We know His plan for us is good. But it isn’t until we have journeyed with Him into life that our faith in His goodness is confirmed again and again with each passing day.
Today is the eve of my retirement. I’ve emptied my desk and packed up my books. My paper files have been tossed, shredded, or archived. About all that is left to do is to say my goodbyes and take my memories of God’s goodness into God’s plan for tomorrow.
So what about tomorrow? What should retirement be about? If it is true that after sixty-five the expectation of life starts ticking down, then even more than in the years before, every day is a gift. And if every day is a gift the possibility of joining Jesus in paradise is growing closer.
So I have decided that retirement is no different from the last many years. The purpose I’ve lived for is still the same. Years ago I wrote my personal vision statement: My aim is to please God in all I am and do. When tomorrow comes I am planning to rest a little more and spend time doing some of the things I haven’t had time to do. At the same time, I realize I am still accountable to God to serve all people with His love for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
But today, I am overflowing with gratitude.
- For my WMU coworkers through whom I have experienced God’s grace and goodness.
- For my WMU family across the nation and around the world.
- For my supervisor who allowed me to fail and try again.
- For the New Hope authors who have trusted us with the words of their hearts.
- For the WorldCrafts artisans who depend us to bring them out of poverty and to hope for a better life.
- For the many partners and friends in publishing and fair trade I have been blessed to serve alongside.
- For my family who have believed in me and my call to ministry, whatever that meant for my life.
- And especially for God who called me, guided me, forgave me, and allowed me to be at WMU all these years to serve Him.
God’s goodness travels with us. God’s plan is not only in the present but in the future as well. No doubt, when I wake tomorrow my life will be different. But what won’t change is that I will wake up with purpose, not linked to the ministry I have enjoyed all these years, but linked to the plan God has for His kingdom growth and His love for me.
Thank you for these wonderful and abundantly blessed years. I’ll be praying for you, still caring about you, and hopeful to honor you in the way I serve Him.