Why We Never Want to Retire

June 5, 2012 | 18 comments

We love long nights by the campfire, slow swings in the hammock, and those moments of sweet contentment found on the shore of a lake.

So call us crazy. But as much as we love to chill, we never want to fully retire.

We believe that work is an amazing privilege of life on planet Earth. We like the way it feels to be productive, to meet a deadline, to cross off the last item on the to-do list, and to accomplish a task for the greater good.

We’re telling more of the story over at TheHighCalling.org. Come read “This is the Life…”

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I’m telling my God-Bumps & God-Incidences story over at The High Calling, but I look forward to you sharing yours, right here!

To participate, write your post, add a button to your post, then add your DIRECT URL to the post you’re submitting in the linky below. I try my best to visit as many as I can in the week, and it’s fun to see how all of you are encouraging one another in the comment boxes around the community.

 


 

 

 (We write in community every Wednesday about the God-Things that make you go, “Hmmm…”)

 

by | June 5, 2012 | 18 comments

18 Comments

  1. emily wierenga

    GORGEOUS photos friend. and oh my, how your daughters look like you…

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    • dukeslee

      Emily! It’s always so fun to see when you submit a story. You are one of my very favorite bloggers/writers/artists. Love you! Glad you’ve linked.

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  2. David Rupert

    Of course, I want to do something else, but I’m not really going to retire. I can hardly wait for your full post tomorrow.

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    • dukeslee

      You inspired the High Calling post, you know. 🙂

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      • David Rupert

        One plants, another waters, and another harvests…I think I’ve read that somewhere

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  3. r.ellott

    Oh yes…to live and run the race until the end…my dad went to college at 81 to study theology…look forward to reading tomorrow. love this pics.

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    • dukeslee

      Oh my! That is fantastic. Please, do come over to The High Calling today, and share with that crew over there about your father. Fascinating!

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  4. Sheila Seiler Lagrand

    These smiling girls, that huge sky, that winking campfire? They summon tears here, tonight. Happy ones.

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    • dukeslee

      Check in the corner of the campfire picture. I think you’ll get a kick out of it. See the little guy doing a head-stand? 🙂 Too cute. He belongs to good friends of ours. Come on over to The High Calling today, Sheila, if you have a few minutes. We always appreciate your voice in the comment box there.

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  5. Courtney

    I’m intrigued! And honestly, can you ever really retire from the farming life anyway?

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    • dukeslee

      Very true, Courtney. Scott said the same thing. But as the discussion continued around that campfire, we both agreed that even if had a typical office job, he would keep working. His exact words: “I’d get a job at the hardware store.”

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  6. JoAnne Potter

    I don’t recall anywhere in the Bible where God tells us to retire. It seems to me that every day that we open our eyes, God has something for us to do, and He has made His purpose clear. We are to seek and find Him, and for His part, He is drawing us nearer, restoring us to Himself, making us whole again. Whatever is on my to-do list, that has to be at the top, and until the day my eyes close for the final time, it never gets crossed off.

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    • dukeslee

      Very insightful, JoAnne. I hope that you’ll come over and share your thoughts at The High Calling. You’ll add much to the discussion there as well.

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  7. Deb Huffaker

    Thank you, sweet Lady, for letting me join in. HOPE your week is blessed!

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  8. Laurie Collett

    Amen! There is no Biblical idea of retirement, and I find it inspiring that God used old men and women, like Joshua and Elizabeth, to continue to do His work. I don’t necessarily think we need to continue our job or career indefinitely, but that we should never abandon our usefulness to Him.
    Thanks for the great post and linkup!
    God bless,
    Laurie

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  9. Susan

    I’m with you, Jennifer. My dad, who is also a minister, tells people that retirement isn’t biblical, and he cites Moses, Daniel, Jeremiah… Can’t argue with that!!

    Kicking back is great, but at some point I have to DO something!

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    • dukeslee

      Awesome, Susan! I think you’re spot-on!

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  10. S. Etole

    Such peaceful photos … now I’ll head “over there.”

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