My mind is still reeling from last year’s JCBC theme of ImagineXt. Little did I know how God would speak to me as we were brainstorming the scope and reach of that topic at our annual staff retreat. Then as possibilities of new challenges kept popping up in my conversations with co-workers and Rick, I knew that some time was needed to pray and listen. This spurred us as a couple into discovering what was next for us. I want to share my ImagineXt with you.
I feel God’s timing in announcing my upcoming retirement in May. Rick and I are excited about the opportunity to travel, to coach, to consult, to encourage struggling children’s ministries or whatever else God cooks up! Unless God reveals otherwise, we plan to stay in the church because you are our family. We love doing life with you. That doesn’t mean that life may not take us other places because only God knows that. But, JCBC has been the village that helped us raise our children and grieved and celebrated life with us. We love you and are thrilled to have your friendship and hopefully, your prayers.
There is such satisfaction and meaning to being able to serve, especially a church that is as loving and accepting as JCBC. I love you and thank God for you! Rick and I are looking forward to more everyday adventures with you that lead us closer to God!
So I might not be quite used up yet, but I pray that I will be during my retirement years. And to quote George Bernard Shaw, “This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap…”
Wonderful exciting things are in store for all of us! Let’s keep asking every day, “God, what would you have me to be and to do?” What is your ImagineXt? I would love to hear.
Peace and blessings and ImagineXting!