It was his last day on the job. Standing at center stage, mic in hand, Pastor Ryan attempted to answer his congregation’s obvious question–what was he doing next? His answer was simple and transparent:
I don’t know.
Pastor Ryan, leaving a staff position he held for seventeen years, is loved and appreciated. He is going out at the top of his game. He told his audience, “I need to concentrate on answering two questions: Who am I? And, Why am I here? I’m going to take some time to see what God is calling me to do in a new season of life.”
Pastor Ryan is 40 years old. He has three kids and tons of friends, but in the midst of it all, he understands the importance of renewing his strength and re-igniting his calling. He may not be a Boomer, but he recognizes the need for a fresh call in a new season of his life.
On a similar note, this past week we met with a group of financial planners to help them think about how their clients can find social and spiritual meaning in later life. The president of the firm shared he had recently interviewed three retiring CEOs of large ministry organizations. When he asked them individually what was next in their lives, each one answered with the same three words:
I don’t know.
This statement need not be one of despair. It is the perfect segue to new discovery and new chapters–no matter the season of life!
At any age.
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Written by Leona Bergstrom 2017