Retirement or a New Assignment?
For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill… (Eccl 2:21).
He didn’t begin this job until he was sixty-nine years old. He had already had a successful Hollywood movie career and decided to try his hand at politics. He would be known by one job more than any other. He would also be known as one of the United State’s greatest statesmen. He had a faith that was genuine but not intruding or very public, but you knew where he stood. He always treated people, even his detractors with grace. He was known for his extraordinary love he had for his wife.
His name was Ronald Reagan, and he did not begin his greatest work until he was sixty-nine years old. By this season of life, most are thinking of retirement in Florida. Ronald Reagan decided to run for President of the United States and successfully served two terms as our 40th President.
It was Reagan’s faith that led him to see the Soviet Union as an "evil empire." He’ll be remembered as the President who brought down communism in the Soviet Union. And it was his Christian faith that gave him the quiet confidence and self-certainty that made him a great leader and earned him the title "the great communicator."
Where did he get his spiritual values? There were a number of influences. First and foremost was his mother, Nelle Reagan. I’m confident that had Nelle Reagan died in the winter of 1918-19 – a near-victim of the devastating influenza epidemic that killed millions of healthy, middle-aged mothers around the world – Ronald Reagan very likely would not have become President. It was Nelle who insisted her boy go to church-a request he happily obliged-and it was in church that Reagan picked up not only those core beliefs and values, but also the intangibles so vital to his success: his confidence, his eternal optimism (which he called a "God-given optimism"), and even his ability to speak. Indeed, history has also overlooked the fact that the Great Communicator found his first audiences in a church. He learned to speak in a church.*
Consider this: Your greatest work may yet be ahead of you. Don’t let age keep you from being used by God.