Last week Steve spoke to a group of rather unmotivated high school students for whom English is a second language. Their teacher, Lauren Crum, invited him.
The next day, when asked what they learned from him, they shouted, almost in unison, “Have a Plan B!” His point had been that we should always have a plan for our lives, but also another one to fall back on if the first fails to work out. He understood that many of them do not even have a Plan A, but now they know they should.
Many people are asking Steve what his next plan is. His last Sunday of being the pulpit minister at the Central Church of Christ is May 26. After that, we will no longer be tied to his preparing sermons every week and working our schedules around being home on Sundays.
But let’s face it: He’s been retired from teaching at the university for eight years, so he’s already eased into retirement. We are used to be at home together every day. We have already established a rhythm that works for us.
We each often go our own ways. We have lunches with friends or shop with or without each other. I go to my exercise class; he does weights or the treadmill. We walk outside in good weather, but rarely together. We each have earphones and enjoy the solitude. We get our own breakfasts and lunches at home.
I cook most evenings we are at home, but Tuesday is Steve’s night to cook. We usually eat with church friends on Sundays and help with and eat at the Bread of Life Café at church on Wednesdays. If your math is as good as mine, you can tell that only leaves four nights for me to cook! Since I enjoy cooking, we sometimes invite guests to join us on one of those nights.
In fact, in April we fed 28 people at our house. Fortunately, Kelsey brought food for Easter lunch, as did my reader Anna, who is from Poland. Our guests were from as close as Fort Thomas and as far as California (and Poland, but now living in Cincinnati.) We relished every visit.
We enjoy going to Master Provisions on Wednesdays to pick up food to give to our Wednesday guests at the Bread of Life Cafe. From zucchini to soft drinks, frozen boiled eggs to chips, we have a wide variety each day and from week to week. It’s fun to see what folks choose to take home with them and very rewarding. MP uses volunteers six days a week, so we may start volunteering there. It’s an inspiring place to work. They start with a devotional that includes the volunteers and Christian music is always playing. Everyone so kind and helpful, both staff and volunteers.
How will our lives change after May 26? More flexibility, for sure. More weekend trips. More time with extended family. More reading. More walks. Maybe more eating out! We are always reading of new restaurants we haven’t tried or even old ones we enjoy and haven’t been to in a long time.
Whatever we choose to do, we won’t be leaving Central. And we certainly won’t be leaving God behind.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3