Now What Do We Do?
This time of year is always so exciting. Many are involved in graduations and the end of the school year. It is also a time where reality starts to hit us squarely in the face as time moves so much quicker than it seems.
It's always fun to see families gather to celebrate a special time like graduation. The excitement on the kids faces as they have reached their goal, life is good. Then it hits….now what do I do? The obvious answer is go get a job. Is that the best way to look at it?
If you think about it, we all are constantly going about a routine. We go to work, we attend our kids activities, go to church, and then start all over again. Before we know it, those kids are gone and empty nesters are now looking at each other saying, what do we do now?
The same can be said for those that reach retirement. There lives have been tied up with a constant activity…work. Now as they begin to wind down their career, what is the next phase of their journey? It just seems like yesterday we were just settling down.
Life is moving at an unbelievable speed and it is very easy to get caught up in our routine and miss the true reason we have been given life in the first place….service. Service can be defined in many different ways, but service to me is about using the gifts that God has provided so that we make an impact on the world why we are here. The clock is running and its just a matter of time before God will call us home and our record will be finalized. How are you doing?
There is nothing wrong with chasing the dream and trying to be as successful as possible. The definition of success is really the question. One of my favorite aspects of operating an international organization is to know who the really great people are that are making a difference. Many don't want to be known, and in fact go to great lengths to keep it a secret. We honor that secret, but I can promise you that it is such an honor to partner with these people that have found a very powerful way to share their blessings with the less fortunate. They don't do it for any other reason than that they care, and want to make a difference with the God's gifts.
I would encourage all of us to take these monumental times in our lives to reassess our journey and be sure that we are using God's gifts to make as big an impact as possible. If you are just beginning your journey, carve out some time to impact others, it will be such a blessing to you as well. If your life is beginning to settle in, then maybe its God providing you an opportunity to get engaged to help others. It doesn't matter what your skills are, you are needed. Your life is not over! Yes, the speed of life is unbelievably fast and it won't be long before our journey may come to an end. It's even more a reason to make the most of it while you can!