I just turned 75 years old a few weeks ago, and based on the fact that my natural Father lived until age 89, and his Mother to 90, and her Mother up in the 90’s, and on my Mother’s side… again, a bunch of old people. So, with longevity getting better, and better…. It would seem that I might have 15-20 productive years left.
Sure… I have a few things that are giving me some trouble; but my doctor’s tell me that I’m in excellent health. So there! I exercise every morning, and evening, and in fair weather… I walk a mile every morning. I might be 10 lbs. overweight, but that’s nothing to be overly concerned with….right. Plus… I don’t smoke or drink…ugh!
So…. What’s my point? The point is: what am I going to do for the next 15-20 years? If I just sit around like most guys my age, then I won’t make it very long…plus, I’ll be a fat, slow-thinking, shiftless slob….all of which will contribute to all sorts of other problems, all of which will lead to an early demise. Besides, my Bride will still be needing me. So…I won’t be sitting around.
A little background: I actually sold my business interests, and retired from the day-to-day grind, some 17 years ago. The very first thing I did; the next morning; was to go to the office… and wait for the phone to ring. The fact that “it didn’t ring” is beside the point… the point was: I wasn’t planning on sitting around the house… doing nothing. Skip ahead a few years…. I determined that I would take the remaining assets that I had, and see what I could do to “put them to work” earning a better return. Long story short: I doubled my income over the next four years. I took what was just an average return on some average real estate; turned it into something worth 20 times what it was 17 years ago. I made a job out of nothing. And….I’ve not slowed down since. Thanks be to God.
I don’t share these issues with you to impress anyone….no, rather; I am simply saying what we are “all capable” of doing when we no-longer have “big-demands” on our time and resources. It is NEVER too late to make a difference! It’s been said thousands of times, that “Colonel Sander’s of Kentucky Fried Chicken didn’t really get started until he was 65 years old. Then, there is Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A, who just died recently at age 93; who just became the #1 Chicken retail-chain in the World.
Today: I’m not trying to do that again, so I turned my attention to “how can I help others?” I’ve spent the last 3 or 4 years counseling people in regards to their career, how to succeed, a little bit of family life, and as much as I can… on spiritual matters (Pro-Bono). I discovered “LinkedIn” and have found it to be a wonderful platform for my purposes. If you’re reading this “post” then chances are you’ve read my LinkedIn Profile; and further, chances are you may have even discovered my website: BrOOKS-of-WISDOM (but, if you haven’t…than you’re missing out on something GOOD).
These endeavors are what occupy me, my time, and my commitment… to help others… and to introduce them to Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior…. If they’re open to it… that is. So… I’ve pretty much got something to do for the next “XX” years that I’m planning on living. But, I’ve got to expand on this, as well, because God didn’t just “give me an idea,” …. He gave me a Mission…. One that takes TIME, COMMITMENT, COMPASSION, LOVE, and ENDURENCE.
Matthew 28:19 tells us: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Note: it says “even to the end of the age.” End of age… to me…means until the end of my life. Which means, that I’ve got to go “about HIS work,” until the end of my days.
What we do with the time between “retirement” and “The-End,” is of “critical importance.” We cannot leave “our final years” up to chance. We MUST have a PLAN. Remember, we are accountable for “all of our time.”…even to the “end-of-time.” Do you have a PLAN? Are you going to “just sit around?” The Bible says that God holds us accountable. Romans 14:12 says, “So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” This is personal accountability. …Blessings…12/03/14. P
Photo Credit: My hat, taken by cjlb.