Nancy tearfully watches Johnny, her last child, head off to college. She will no longer be responsible to scramble his eggs or wash his favorite jeans or help him clean “the disaster” called his bedroom. She won’t be devoting almost every weekend watching him play soccer. What will she do with a free hour or two a day and less hectic weekends? Will she fill them with more activity? Or will she do what she’s always wanted – to begin to experience a daily routine filled with meaningful times with God and thoughtful moments with others – what Eugene Peterson paraphrased, “the unforced rhythms of grace?”[featured-image single_newwindow=”false”]
As Tom anticipates retirement next month, he looks forward to leisurely days to fish, golf, hunt, and travel. That’s it. It’s too bad that he never thinks about having more time to connect with God somehow. If he’s going to have more time for himself, why not consider giving himself more time to be with God? Why can’t God be a significant part of his retirement plans?
This post is primarily for empty nesters and/or retired persons who find themselves with more freedom to manage their own time. How are you experiencing this gift of time at this point in your life? Are you cramming it full of activity because the end is near and you need to leave a legacy? Or are you preparing your life for eternity, learning to live as if you’re already there?
All Christians have the opportunity to intentionally pursue God with their whole heart. Yet those with no children at home and those without a “9-to-5” are given the gift of time unique to their season of life.
- You have more time to give to communing with God.
- You have more control over your priorities.
- You can focus your efforts on the issues that matter for eternity.
You can more fully give yourself to knowing God, to caring for your soul, and to intentionally living into and out of your relationship with God.
Compared to being under the time constraints of your children’s schedules or the demands of your employer, you can navigate your spiritual life differently.
Do you have room in your life for more time to be with God? Take advantage of it. You’ve been given the gift of this season of life. Accept it. Use it to your spiritual advantage.
Don’t be like many empty nesters who make their new life about themselves. Make your new life about God.
Don’t be like many retired people who waste their remaining days on this earth on temporal things instead of preparing their hearts for eternity.
It seems to me, those in these situations have fewer excuses to not give more time to prayer, communion with God, stillness and solitude.
Tell me in the comment section where I’m off base. I have a limited perspective, so I may be missing something.
God has given you the gift of this day. How are you using it to better know God and care for your soul?