Monday, May 12, 2008
I was told this story from a friend of mine the other day, his words...
At the range the other day, I walked over to one of the agents that I had known when he was still in the field asked him what this reteired agent what he was going to do. He said he had gone back to school. He was asked by another agent what program he had joined and he said "mechanics school". We all thought that was cool and told him so and he shared with us the three classic cars he already owned that he had planned to rebuild once he finished his classes. At this point another agent pointed out that he was taking classes that were advanced way beyond simple vehicle repair and rebuild.
The retired agent looked at him and said, "well that's right. I plan to go to Africa and help the people there. I need to know how to rebuild things like power generators and well pumps when they go out at churches and stuff." The group of agents paused and finally one said, "what for like, the peace core?". The retired agent just said "no not them" and walked away......
When I heard this story I realized right then that this agent was going to use the opportunity open to all of us in law enforcement in that we basically retire with a max of 30years on leaving 20+ years of working life left to go. This retired agent was going to use the security of his pension to educate himself and travel to Africa in the mission field and help.
What an incredible opportunity for all of us to serve in whatever way we wish once our police career comes to a close, that few other people have in any profession. I have to say that I was heartened and inspired by this retired agent's plan. It goes to show that even when we are finished with our career our career still aids us in full filling God's plan in places where we never thought we would go and after we have hung up our gun.
But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul."
18When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, "So then, God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life."
The Church in Antioch
19Now those who had been scattered by the persecution in connection with Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, telling the message only to Jews. 20Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus.