Like many other people I have neighbors, defined as people whose property is adjacent to my own. Since my lot includes the middle of the block I have a lot of neighbors, some that I know and some that I don’t. But in general I have gotten along with them for the most part. But that has apparently changed.
Retirement has led to the demise of my cherished weekends. When you don’t have a work week, there is no weekend. Every day is the nearly the same. Other than Sunday it’s hard to remember even what day it is. I can do yard work every day of the week, as well as take a long run, sleep in or do any number of other things that used to compete for my Saturdays. I miss you weekend, may you rest in peace!
So, what is heaven really like? I must confess that I really don’t know. I do believe that my future though will not just be a time of kicking back, swinging in a hammock and having fair maidens drop grapes in my mouth for eternity. Rather it will be a time (time will likely have no real meaning) of serving along side our creator in carrying out whatever purpose he created us for.
How many pairs of shoes do you have in your closet? Seems like just a few years ago I would have answered that question with no more than 5 or 6. After all, how many pairs of shoes does a guy need, especially one with no fashion sense. A pair of ‘nice’ shoes for special occasions, a comfortable pair of shoes for everyday use, an old ratty pair for yard work and a pair of boots for hiking. So how come I have 30 pair?
Running gives a person lots of time to think since it is pretty challenging to watch TV or read a book while dodging cars in the early morning fog. There is not really much else to do besides think and devise solutions to the problems that plague our world today. So here, in no particular order, are the things I can remember thinking about during this mornings 2 hour run.
We live in a big complex universe. Where did it come from? How did I come to be? These are questions I have frequently asked myself and I suspect I am not alone in doing so. The response you have for these questions will have a big impact on how you view the world around you and how you respond to much of what happens to you.
I believe that God is real and that he has a purpose for his creation and for me. Can I prove that to you? No I can’t, although I can demonstrate that belief in God is reasonable, more so than any of the alternatives. While I cannot prove to you that God exists, I am convinced in my own mind that he does and that belief is an integral part of who I am and how I live my life here.
Jesus, quoting from Deuteronomy, tells us to ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’ (Matthew 22:37). Loving with our hearts and souls seems straightforward enough. But what about loving him with your mind? How is one supposed to go about that? The mind seems like it is more for thinking than for loving.
Today is kind of a bittersweet day. After 31 plus years at Keyport I will not be getting up and going to work any more. I had actually retired from government service a bit more than 3 years ago and returned to the same place to experience the life of a contractor. I enjoyed the chance to be a computer programmer again, but last week I experienced the big downside of being a contractor. The budget was tight and the workforce needed to be trimmed, resulting in 3 of us being laid off, effective today for me. Walking away from the job had been in the back of my mind for some time, but I had not yet reached the point of pulling the trigger. Now that it has been done for me I can go ahead and begin to enjoy ‘retired life’.