Today is Brian’s last day of work; he is retiring from the corporate world… again. OK, so the first time didn’t ‘take’, but now that he’s practiced once, maybe he’ll get the hang of it and stick it out!
Brian, I feel like I should be doing something huge to mark this occasion. I should have planned a big party. I should have invited all your co-workers from across the decades and states to come and celebrate your career(s). But you didn’t want that; that’s not your style – you aren’t comfortable being the center of attention. So I won’t put you on the spot… well… maybe I will… just a little.
Your career has taken us from Bowling Green, OH to Champaign, IL to Melrose, MN to Beaver Dam, WI to Fort Wayne, IN, to Springfield, MO, and finally here, Grayslake, IL. With every promotion we moved to a new town, a new church, new schools, and new friends.
We knew that God was using your career to direct our path and take us where He could both mold us and use us for His glory. And we knew that you were following God, so we were not afraid to follow you. It wasn’t always easy. It often came with sad good-byes, bucketsful of tears and sleepless nights, but it always turned out that God took us just where we needed to be.
“I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the Lord is always with me.” – Psalm 16:7 NLT
Wherever we landed, you saw to it that the boys and I got plugged in. When I was whiny and complained that I didn’t have any friends, you challenged me to make friends. And I did. You gave me the freedom to use the gifts that God had given me to serve Him in whatever capacity He called me. And I did. You encouraged all of us to send our roots down deep, even if we knew it was a temporary transplant. And we did.
You were never so busy at work that you didn’t have time for our family. You planned and executed family vacations with perfection. You coached Little League baseball and YMCA basketball. If it was at all possible, you never missed a game the boys played. And, you always made sure the neighborhood kids were included in your made-up backyard competitions. Sometimes I think I heard “Can Brian come out to play?” as often as “Can Danny/Bobby come out to play?”
Brian, you worked hard our entire married life to provide for us, and afford me the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom. I am truly blessed by your willingness to do without the material things a second income would have allowed. I know there are things both of us would do differently if we could turn back the clock, but I also know that should you face God today, He would say:
“Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” – Matthew 25:23 NLT
I can’t wait to see what God has for us next! Good job, Bri!