|photo copyright, Edie Melson|
Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect. Romans 12:2
Tonight my husband and I were out, and I snapped some sunset pictures. As I watched the sun sink and the clouds reflect its glory, I couldn’t help but reflect on my own life. It’s been kind of a banner year.
This past January I turned 50. I know we tend to consider 50 middle age, but that’s only if I live to be 100. Kind of a sobering thought. This year too, our youngest graduated high school and began college. We are entering a new phase of life.
I am at a cross roads of sort. Society would tell me to look toward retirement. To spending my golden years traveling and indulging in the things I’ve never had time for. I should be working harder than ever so that I can build up the savings that will see me through to the end of my life.
But when I look at what God says, I see nothing in the Bible about retirement. I see great men and women of the Bible being an active and useful part of God’s purpose. As a matter of fact, many of the most useful were well past 80.
So I am looking forward to indulging in the things I’ve never had time for—but it’s not retirement. I’m looking forward to being more available to God’s call. I want to be able to be used, forgive the cliché—at the drop of a hat, unencumbered with the responsibilities of young children.
What are you looking forward to?