The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.
What are you going to do when you retire?
That's a question commonly asked by friends and coworkers when they hear you're planning to exit the workforce for good. My husband, Danny, who officially retired from EPA on August 31st, after 26 years of service, fields this one repeatedly. His response? "I'll figure it out. I've got plenty of things to do."
Folks, in this, my year of HUGE, Danny's answer just might be the most gargantuan understatement of the year!
Being an engineer, Danny has always had a knack for organization. He's already tackled our cupboards, our pantry and our linen/medicine closet. Here he is decluttering the latter:
Boy, am I ever grateful for Danny's ability and willingness to arrange our home for the better! But what elicits the most thankfulness in me is his unbridled burst of creativity at the Orlando Cafe. The chief chef has transformed into Master Chef! Pictured below are some exquisite dishes Danny has never prepared before retiring, and each one is as scrumptious and savory as it appears.
Although Danny's made mac and cheese, collards and turnips many times before, the miso flavor in the turnips offers a unique twist on an otherwise rather bland veggie.
And no Italian kitchen would be complete without homemade pasta!
But here's the real kicker, y'all! Danny, who rarely makes desserts, and who never, ever has tried his hand at homemade bread, does both!!!
Should we change "Orlando Cafe" to "Orlando Cafe and Bakery? Maybe so!
Yes, it looks like Danny is well on his way to working at a living.
And isn't that precisely what Jesus wants all of us to do?
I came that they may have life, and have it to the full . . .
Not half-hearted, half-baked, lukewarm living. But all-out, headlong, go for the gusto living.
That's what Jesus promises us. That's what we get when we trust He will deliver on that promise.
Retired or not, may we all recognize, celebrate and give thanks for the abundant life our Lord offers to us each and every day.
Let's live it out!