Retirement Volunteering: Passing on the Christian Faith
I found myself at a loss as to what to do once I retired (at 67). I want to continue to contribute to my community but I am not sure how and I am not the out going type.
However, in the face of my fear, I was called to teach religious education once a week to 3rd-5th graders. Then while in church on Sunday, I felt called again to offer my services at a different church to teach children religion. So I volunteered and now teach 6th graders as well.
I refer to it as being called because when I first taught religious education some 20 years ago a student asked why I was teaching. I said I didn't know why and she said "you were called". So her faith bolstered my faith. I learned as much or more than I taught. No matter what we teach we have the opportunity to learn.
I find teaching religion to young students an opportunity to pass on the faith to new generations. So much of our culture is focused on here and now and has lost the "Good News" that we have been saved. That God loves us and that our calling is to bring people to God to know his love and salvation.
It is not all about social justice and sharing wealth, and living the good life free of any ills, these are worldly things. Its about accepting God and our future in Heaven with God and helping others find the way.
Social Justice is fine but at the end of life it will not be what matters if a soul is lost. It will be more important that we helped others find their way to God.
I know this is not a PC story but it is my story and has allowed me to contribute to children finding their way to God and not being lost in our culture of here and now. These children have also strengthened my faith.
I am gearing up to lead the Stephen Ministry at my church sometime in 2013. I fear "working" again, but I feel lead to contribute to my community via the church! Best Wishes, Tim!!