I finally found out what I want to be when I grow up!!! RETIRED! Today was my last “official” day of being employed. It was a very bittersweet day. I got lots of hugs, cards, and well-wishes from my dear work family. I can’t begin to tell them what they have meant to me this past year. But, it’s now time to see what else God may have in store for me! I’ve only been home a few days, but I’ve already learned some things.
First, it’s good to get up, take a shower, and get your hair and face fixed whether you’re going anywhere or not. You never know when someone is going to knock on the door or Steve might come in and ask if I want to run to the Bluff or something. Even if I don’t go anywhere all day – I feel better looking in the mirror and seeing me “presentable.” In the same way, Jesus told His disciples, “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come” (Matthew 24:42). We don’t know when the Lord will return. Will He find you “presentable” and ready?
Second, I’ve found that it’s good to start the day in God’s Word. I love being able to do my Scripture Writing Schedule in the morning with my coffee. It sets the tone for my whole day! It brings me comfort and hope. It helps me remember “Who I Am” and “Whose I Am,” and gives me thoughts on which to meditate and pray all day long.
Another thing I’ve learned – you’ll only accomplish what you decide is important that day. I try to make a “What Am I Going to Accomplish Today List” every morning. Since I’m just beginning my Park Lane Jewelry business – I try to do some research, like watch some training videos. I reach out to ask someone if they are interested in learning more about the beautiful jewelry, tell why I decided to take the step to become a stylist, and explain all of the “perks” available for joining my team. This got me to thinking that all Christian’s true “job” is – to follow Christ’s example to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:9). Are you “researching” God’s Word? Are you practicing personal evangelism? Have you told others about the “perks” (blessings) that come from living the Christian life?
Oh – I’ve also learned that “we’re slobs!” You could have made Adam and Eve out of the dust on my furniture! I’ve been living the “at work by 6:30 am and not home until 4:30 or later” life for so long, coming home exhausted and falling asleep in my recliner every night, that our house has definitely been put on the “back burner.” One day, I was so excited because I swept and mopped the kitchen and two upstairs bathroom floors. I was so proud of how good they looked and “felt” to my bare feet! lol You know, there is nothing like going to sleep at night, knowing that as a Christian, you have been forgiven of any sin in your life and feeling the contentment and peace that can only be found in the Lord. Oh, how we are “simply blessed!” Courtney