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A New Chapter for Me - Reimpact

Many know, that I have been struggling with deciding whether to retire, or not.Because I feel such a strong bond with the love of my life, Terry, I have struggled with deciding when it is time to pull the plug and spend more time with her and caring for us.This all started last year, and has been on-going.  First, it was going to be in May, then July, August, or September.  Lately, I was thinking about October.You see, part of my DNA is that I need to have things planned out.

First it was that we could be moving in May.  When this didn’t happen, my plans changed.  With the plans on the new house changing, my plans also changed.Then, when we did move, my plans changed again.  This time, I needed to see things through to the sale and closing of our home in Selah.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”And I do, but … I still needed to set my own plans.

Well, the Lord had something to say about this.On Thursday, September 8, my employer came into my office, and handed me a layoff notice.You see, the Lord needed to slap me upside the head.  

So, starting this weekend, I am embarking on another chapter of my life.  I have officially been laid off, and am now able to move into this new era.  I have time for my wife … and I have time to start an era of Re-impact.

A fellow KM graduate and friend, Roland Thompson, put it this way this past week.  In this phase of our life, we don’t retire, we re-impact.  We are put here on this earth to live life, but also to give back.

So, I am not retiring, I am starting this new Chapter in Life – Les’ Chapter of Re-Impact.In some ways this is scary. … I am no longer in control… God is.But, this verse has always been on my office wall –“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm youplans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11I trust in the Lord, and he knows (better than I) the plans he has for me.  

So, Lord, can you help me with this uneasiness????

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