Make an Impact in Life’s “Third Act”
Ever find yourself wondering if success and fulfillment ended with your career… like the curtain fell on your starring role in life? While retirement does present a monumental shift, it’s also a great time to experience a significant “third act” in life. It happens more often than you might think! For instance:
- Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first “Little House” book at age 65.
- Colonel Sanders was 62 when he franchised Kentucky Fried Chicken.
- Painter “Grandma” Moses began her prolific art career at 78!
God wants to help you rediscover passion and purpose. In fact, your “third act” could be even more energizing than anything else you’ve experienced. What’s the next step? Be willing to see your resources with fresh eyes.
- Time: One of your richest commodities is also the easiest to waste. Consider how you can invest your days in meaningful and productive ways for yourself and others. Join a Bible study, take a mission trip, volunteer, begin a new hobby or exercise routine.
- Financial Flexibility: Many retirees live on a fixed income, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bless others and make an impact through generosity. Blessing a charity like Precept Ministries International as a beneficiary on your IRA, appreciated stock, or a giving account can help lessen your family’s tax burden and bless eternal work.
- Wisdom: You’ve acquired knowledge, and developed skills, abilities and leadership that are worth more than any other gift you could pass along. The next generation needs to hear what you know, and God wants to position your legacy as an encore in the lives around you.
Remember, just because your “workplace” address has changed doesn’t mean the work you’re called to is over. God promises to be with you throughout your “third act.” Isaiah 46:4 says “Even until your old age, I am the one, and I’ll carry you even until your gray hairs come.”
May you be filled with hope and excitement about the future that’s still ahead. “…Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged…” Joshua 1:9
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