I had lunch today with some of my friends from Our Daily Bread Ministries. It was wonderful to catch-up with what’s going on in their lives and share updates from mine. Friends are special people God has placed in our lives to love, support, and share with us. My list of friends isn’t very long but the people on it are ones who make my life fuller.
I have been retired for almost a year now and a lot of adjustments have taken place in my life within this past year. I guess you could say I’ve gone through several “phases”. The first thing I had to adjust to was not going into work five days a week and then to the social interactions that took place either directly with me or around me during work hours. Adjusting to a new kind of quietness.
I’m not a big social person and I have always lead a pretty quiet life. I’ve liked it that way. For a variety of reasons, I do not find myself comfortable in groups bigger than four or five people. I am not good at “small” talk, I do not watch sports, travel very little, and do not have a college degree; all the things talked about in groups situations.
But back to adjusting to retirement. I also had to adjust to not feeling guilty reading a book or watching a DVD all afternoon. I remember the day I realized I no longer felt that way. I also went through a phase where I wanted to be busy all the time and then I settled back into not being so busy. Now I’ve leveled off and once again like the quiet peacefulness of just being relaxed. Nothing can replace doing what you want when you want to do it . . . or not doing it at all.
But friends through all the “phases” of my retirement have been there; for breakfast, lunches, and coffee dates, keeping me connected to them and their lives and they connected to mine.
Easter is fast approaching and Easter reminds me of the greatest friend any of us could ever have. The ultimate friend who suffered and gave up His life for us, a whole world of people. Not just the people in Biblical times but all the people who have ever lived or will ever live. Because of Jesus death and His resurrection, we can be sin-free; at least as sin-free and any earthly person can be, and we can have a life with Him eternally when we die. What a friend!
Be especially blessed this Easter as you remember the greatest gift ever given.
“The one who died for us also walks with us.” (Our Daily Bread prayer journal)