Sunday, January 07, 2007

Counting the Days

Maybe a better title for this post would be Making the Days Count.

If it's just a matter of counting days (until I'm eligible to retire) then it's five years to the day--Jan. 7, 2012. Yep, just a mere 1,826 days to go! However, counting down the days doesn't do anything other than mark the passing of time.

It doesn't help to prepare me for the day of retirement. It doesn't mean that I've made plans for life beyond air traffic control. It doesn't mean that the days have been productive or beneficial in any way. In fact, it is quite possible that one could easily waste away all 1,826 days. To make sure that that doesn't happen, I've made some decisions about how I want to treat the days up to (and beyond) retirement day.

Of course, the most obvious things have to do with financial planning, expanding magic and ministry to provide an additional occupation and income, and other things of that nature. But what I really want to focus on is living well for those 1,826 days. I want for my time at work to be well spent. More than just doing a good job of moving airplanes, I want to enjoy my time and my co-workers. I really want to avoid the petty things that can get in the way of productivity(and friendships). I would like to be a positive influence in the work place environment. It probably sounds a little bit idealistic, but I am going to give it a shot. I have to. In a week of 168 hours, I spend just under 25% of it at work. That's the greatest amount of time spent on any single activity in a week(except for maybe sleeping). I don't want you to think that work is the most important thing in my life (it's not), I've just addressed it first because of the huge amount of time it takes and because I started this post about days left until I retire from work.

I also would like to live better at home. I need to be a more attentive husband than I have been. I have managed to let too many things infringe on the time that I should be spending as a husband. At home, I need to guard that time more effectively. Less time on the computer, less time watching TV, less time reading (a little less anyways), less of a lot of things that are self-centered. I also need to cherish the time with Aaron. I can't believe that he is graduating this spring and will be somewhere in college at the end of summer. And I want to make sure that I don't let the time with Hannah get away from me. Hannah is a little more adventurous and it will be an adjustment to let her grow and yet try to guard her at the same time.

I guess you could say that I want to be more purposeful about my attitude and about relationships. I want to purposefully grow in my relationship with God and I want it to show in my attitude toward others; in my relationships with others. Truly, without making the effort to grow; without making the effort to love; without reaching out to others with encouragement and hope--I'm just counting days (and counting in vain). No one knows when life on earth will end. The very nature of life is to die. An accident, health issues (heart, stroke, cancer), or an act of violence can claim this fragile life at any moment. Whether life ends sooner than expected or many years after retirement, I hope that God, my family and friends, my co-workers will all be able to say that I've made the days count.

Live well,

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God, and keep His commandments. For this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it is good, or whether evil. "
King Solomon, Ecclesiastes 12:13-14


Anonymous said...

Air traffic controller?! And I though *my* job was high-stress...

If we are counting years I get to retire in 2025.

If we are counting financially I get to retire in 3036...if I invest wisely.



Anonymous said...

hey john,

daniel scott here. man what a great thing you did for us tonight. thank you thank you thank you...for a great and very insightful perspective on fasting. thanks for coming and spending the evening with our small was a great blessing for us!!

take care and God bless

John said...

Any time, Daniel. You have a great small group. I was encouraged by their questions and comments. It was a blessing for me, as well.