Joyce at From This Side of the Pond is participating in 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writings in October. This is where they give you a prompt and you write for five minutes and you do it each and every day of October. Now I'm not a big writer (although I keep thinking I'd like to be) so I don't think I could do the 31 days. However, after reading Joyce's post for Thursday (on the word "Calling"), I started writing a comment on her blog. The more I wrote, the more I realized I wanted to make it a blog post. So here is my post on "Calling"
I've been pondering for awhile why I still have to work and why God hasn't given the okay for me to retire. I mean, I've worked here for 39 years as of September 14, 2015 and I really thought I'd be retired by now. But I'm not and so far God has not let me in on when I will get to retire. I'm pretty sure I'll be here at least 2 more years (our house will be paid off then) and no more than 6 years (as that is the max for my retirement-45 years).
Since I'm still here, I've been wondering why. In other words, what is my calling here at work? Recently, I feel He's told me for now my job is to be an encourager to the ones I work with. So now, that is what I look for, opportunities to encourage someone. And you know what? I've found I really like encouraging people. My prayer is that God will open my eyes to see other people like He sees them and that He'll show me ways that I can encourage them.
What I'm finding, is it is helping me to be a little more satisfied with where my life is at this point. Retirement will come in God's time and I know even then He'll have a "calling" for my life. I don't think we necessarily get to completely retire in God's economy. I think as long as we are here, there is always something for us to do for the Kingdom.