Sheri and I are now officially ‘retired’ from our 45 year career in missions. For us that means a several things: we now fund our life with our retirement account and social security; we have more spontaneous time for each other; we can slow the pace of life a bit; and we can take on another pursuit in the Kingdom.
For us that’s involvement in several discussion groups, being on non-profit boards, teaching English to immigrants, and developing tools to help missionaries create funding for their ministries.
In this transition we are facing some interesting issues. I’ve done some thinking on retirement along the way, and wanted to write on the subject at some point, so I’ve decided to start that process on Thrive Mentor. Perhaps you are reaching our age and facing these types of decisions soon. If you’re a ways back on the mission age track, you will face this eventually. And preparing for this journey is a wise thing.
For our generation, here are a few chuckles related to retirement. 1966 is the year I graduated from High School and started College.
1966: Long hair
2016: Longing for hair
1966: Acid rock
2016: Acid reflux
1966: Moving to California because it’s cool
2016: Moving to Arizona because it’s warm
1966: Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor
2016: Trying NOT to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor
1966: Hoping for a BMW
2016: Hoping for a BM
1966: Going to a new, hip joint
2016: Receiving a new hip joint
1966: Rolling Stones
2016: Kidney Stones
1966: Parents begging you to get your hair cut
2016: Children begging you to get their heads shaved
1966: Passing the drivers’ test
2016: Passing the vision test
Happy chuckles, and happy retirement — when you get there!