April 19, 2024

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New Director's Dialogue available now in ARC Event Library

The Dawn of the Rest of your Life

By Joe Incognito (AKA Joe Hipp)

Emily Dickinson wrote a poem in 1890, “I’m nobody, who are you?” She challenged the effort people tend to put into being ’somebody’. I’m anonymous, who are you?

We wake up one morning and know there is more to life than watching TV news, reading the paper, playing a game of tennis or bridge. Moving into the Army Residence Community (ARC) is the ultimate “laid back” experience for many. That did not last long for some, they found a reason for the rest of their life, volunteering with a purpose, working with Golden Diggers, ARC Angels, leading a Bible study. For others, the plethora of games to be played, activities, fun groups to join, began to fill their days and evenings. What happened to the inner drive that made a successful military career? Did it suddenly disappear? Was moving into the ARC a step toward the inevitable, or, an opportunity to live longer, stronger, and fully?

Wilbur and Orville Wright could have retired from their successful bicycle business, yet found something else they could do, and flew like a bird in an airplane of their design. Inside each of us is a God given talent. Discovering that talent and following it is what this story is about. There are opportunities around us every day to be helpful, stronger, mentally more alert.

Is “believing” enough? The scriptural answer is, “Yes”. But, does a ‘believer’ sit on their hands? A Wednesday Bible study group pondered that question after a review of Revelations 20:13, “…Each person was judged according to what he had done.” He wasn’t done with us when we ‘first believed’, we were beginning a new part of our life. Paul told the Corinthians, “. . . we are God’s fellow workers, you are God’s field, God’s building.” We are God’s field hands; he needs us working the field and not resting on our assurance of salvation. “Faith without works is dead,” has been said. It shouldn’t be puzzling when we see ‘believers’ volunteering to take on thankless jobs. They do it because they can, not because it is necessary for salvation. A group of professional men took leave from their jobs to build a small church in a Hungarian Gypsy community, families took vacation time to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, or build a church in Howard, Colorado. If you think “there’s nothing I can do,” think again.

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