I hope you have had a good week and as the weekend is upon us, have lots of plans for the weekend, if you are not working.
This week I have had to say goodbye to a colleague who I have known for most of my service, and who I have worked very closely with for the last four years. She retired on Wednesday after thirty years’ service, to the day, and at the beginning of the week had gone up to the HQ’s to see the DCC Gavin Stevens to receive her certificate’s and his thanks. We celebrated her service with a breakfast and presents to remember us by – those who have been left working and have a loooong time before retirement comes!! After breakfast she emptied her draws, packed a few things and left the building for the last time, with a few tears shed. I wondered what she was thinking as she packed before she left. I would find it very hard to leave the people and a job I had known and loved for so long.
We have a Father in heaven who knows us and loves us. We were created by a loving father, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” Jer 1:5, and we were created for a purpose, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jer 29:11, and we are right where he wants us to be.
Now I don’t ever imagine retiring from my Christian way of life, the Bible certainly never mentions it, and I don’t think we need to wait to the end before going up to the big house in our best clothes to get our certificates and a word of thanks, I think that is there for us now, so take a moment over a cup of coffee or tea and meditate on this ‘Well done, good and faithful [friend]!” Matt 25:21. Let it soak in.
You all work hard and you may never get a word of thanks here at work or at home. I want to say your Father in heaven sees all that you do, and He wants to say, ” Thank you” and ” Well done.”
Now look around the room and see if there is someone else you can bless with this! 🙂
Have a great week!