“It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measures of the fullness of Christ.”
I have been retired from teaching now for several years and totally enjoying the extra time each day brings. That wasn’t necessarily the case at first, though. Even though I looked forward to having more time to spend doing what I enjoyed, I also lost my identity and sense of worth. When asked what my occupation was, it was difficult not saying “a teacher,” but rather, “retired.”
The Circle group I belong to is such a marvelous group of women, all in the same age range as myself. We are reading Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher. What a wonderful book about life’s new stages and how to flourish as we go through them. Even though we have lost some aspects of our identity as we age, we still have much to offer based on our past experiences. Plus, we can add more to our own experiences by staying engaged in activities of all kinds. These activities may be church related or elsewhere in the community. When we stay engaged, we become the teachers that the Scripture is referring to. By using our life lessons, we can impart empathy, understanding, gratitude, and joy to others who are younger and going through their stages of life.
The quote that Pastor Greg shared recently is so powerful: “You matter. Who you are matters. This is glory. This is beauty. Remember that you matter to God.”
Lord, thank you for loving me at each age and stage of life. Bless me and make me a blessing in the season I am in right now. Amen.
Written by Mary Plageman
This month’s devotion was written by Mary Plageman, a member of Sheridan’s Women’s Ministry Team. Mary and her husband, Ron, have been members of Sheridan since 1974. They have been married 47 years (come this August) and have two sons, Nate and Brendan. They also have four wonderful grandchildren, Cora (4yrs), Owen (3yrs), Damon (15 months) and Vera (3 months).
She retired from teaching first grade in 2011 and now loves to travel, read great books, spend time with the grandkids, enjoy time with family and friends, and wonder how she got everything done before! She and Ron love Sheridan and all the wonderful people who are their special extended family!