I knew retirement was coming and I had been thinking of what I wanted to do during retirement. I just didn’t know it would be a few years earlier than I had planned. Sure, there are several things that I had neglected and need to do. Such as cleaning out the garage. And we want to travel and visit parts of the country that we haven’t been to. And we want to remodel our bathroom. And I could work at some of my hobbies. And I suppose I could get another job. But what could I do that had a lasting effect? More importantly, what did God want me to do during retirement?
I really don’t have a clear-cut answer. It’s not like I’ve received an email saying “David, I want you to do _______”. I trust it will be revealed when the appropriate time comes. Need to have faith, have patience, seek guidance. He will guide and direct me like He has throughout my life.
Pastor Chad uses a couple of phrases that ring true in this excellent sermon.
“Christians are not guided by fate; Christians are guided by faith.”
“God had plans for us.”
From Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NIV)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”