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What a Way to Live “Retired”

Tulsa man retires from full time job so he can volunteer full time

This is the story of a family friend that I have known since my high school years.  He worked with my father in the oil industry and now is in the business of transforming the lives of children.

I think the version of retirement that many of us picture could be described as the icing on the cake – the sweet flavor of enjoyment and relaxation to a life of hard work.  Frank is sharing and giving away his icing!

Sure hope I’m still dreaming up and pursuing big dreams for God in my "retirement" decades!  Thanks Frank for showing us a different way to retire!

Make sure you check out the video story.


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One of these someday

A reminder that the kind of person someone needs me to be today may be the kind of person I’ll need someone to be for me on another day…

Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and the wrong. Sometime in your life you will have been all of these.

-Dr. Robert H. Goddard

Also has a familiar scriptural resonance:

Treat others just as you want to be treated…when you find yourself in the same situation as them!  Luke 6:31 + Denise’s addendum

God give us the strength and grace to live in such a way.

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Margins: Pushing Me Back From the Edges


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Grace is when…

GRACE:  benefaction, beneficence, benevolence, caritas, charity, clemency, compassion, compassionateness, favor, forbearance, forgiveness, generosity, good will, goodness, indulgence, kindliness, kindness, leniency, lenity, love, mercy, pardon, quarter, reprieve, responsiveness, tenderness

Grace is when I’ve used up all my chances and still get another

Grace is when your humility transforms my pride

Grace is when forgiveness extends a hand to my reckless choices

Grace is when gentleness meets my harsh words

Grace is when you hold on even though I am kicking and screaming at you

Grace is when you give me a break

Grace is when I’ve broken my promise and you still keep yours

Grace is when I’ve injured you and you bandage my wounds

Grace is when I’m surprised by a moment of underserved compassion

What is grace to you? When has grace been poured out on you?

What moments of grace can you recall in your life?

Finish the sentence: Grace is when…

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