Monday, 10 June 2013
SENSING THE SEASONS OF LIFE
Many baby boomers sense that time is running out now that they are on the last lap of their faith journey. Some are already retired while others are “slowing down” with a view to retire. To them “autumn” has come. Before the harshness of “winter” descends on them, they want to optimise their skills, talents and resources for God’s glory.
A seminary lecturer calls it a day, having imparted theological truths to students for the past twenty years. Sensing God has called her to take a break from academic life, she steps out to be an itinerant preacher to the less privileged living in the rural areas of Malaysia.
An engineer lends his expertise helping the locals dig tube wells in Africa. A doctor serves as a volunteer in a mission hospital in Thailand. By providing English lessons, a teacher offers hope of a better life to marginalised kids in mainland China.
Bob Buford, author of Half Time, believes that in the second half of our life, people should be moving from success to significance. Armed with wisdom, experience, skill and training acquired through the years, retirees can contribute much to the home, church and community. Many would have attained financial stability and thus have the financial resources to help others. All these factors plus God’s empowerment enable seniors to lead fulfilling lives with eternal significance.
While they are still mentally and physically healthy, baby boomers should seek God for fresh directions in life. As they reinvent themselves, they will be able to enlarge their circle of influence and impact many lives in the church and community.
“Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes” (Isaiah 54:2).
“Teach us to realise the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).
Baby boomers should ask God for big plans and vision. Their golden years might prove to be the most fruitful and rewarding period in their lives.
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7).