I’d say it was about 25 years ago.
An older couple, but not so much older…were preparing to leave this beautiful city of ours for another beautiful city across the oceans. They sold their home, sold most of their personal belongings, because they were doing the unthinkable…they were leaving for a long time….to work in support of an overseas agency in accounting and communications.
I remember one of their last Sunday’s at church before their departure. The wife was speaking and what she said spoke volumes to my young mother’s heart with very small children. She said, “Yes, you can be a missionary even at age 50.”
I yearned to go overseas as long as I could remember. My older friend’s words spoke to the core of my heart. Those words, and her example, gave me hope that one day my season would come.
The years flew by. Our children eventually grew up and moved on to their own life adventures. In that transition, we heard more and more of how others of “that age” were being sought for short term work around the world. Some would even change their retirement plans and go for the long-haul just as our friends mentioned above. And, here we were…the age of what is now being labeled: “finishers.”
The dictionary describes ‘finisher’ as follows:
“something that completes, concludes, or perfects; to bring to a desired or required state; to arrive at or attain the end of” – and so on.
But, I prefer the Finisher’s Project definition better:
“…the Baby Boomer generation. As a generation the Lord has put it in their hearts to do something different, something more lasting, something eternally significant. They are the healthiest and best-educated generation of evangelical retirees in history. Boomers will challenge conventional retirement thinking and use their unique giftedness for the Kingdom of God.”
Silver Cord attracts people like Ron and myself. It’s a do-able adventure at our stage in life. We are amazed how our simple life of raising a family, running our own business, living a life of faith matters in the larger scheme of things. My biggest struggle has been my “lack” of higher-education. But, as my husband keeps reminding me….I’ve lived my education. God’s plan for life is how we’ve lived and how we continue to live….bringing the Good News to all people of all nations. And, that describes my passion over the last 50+ years.
The following was spoken to Moses in the Old Testament – I’m hearing these words for the first time – written so long ago – just for these times. I think it was for me ~~
“For the LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He knows your going through this great wilderness.
These forty years the LORD your God has been with you.
You have lacked nothing”‘