Words of Faith
Is there life after retirement? What happens if you fail at retirement and want to get back into the world of work? Confronted with the 1969 Peggy Lee hit ageless question, “Is that all there is?”, I began to reconsider my choice to retire.
On August 14, 2016 I retired from the position of Spiritual Leader/Senior Minister following 10 years of service. The Center for Spiritual Living Palm Springs has served the Palm Springs community since January 1956 and in its current location since 1986. The Rev. Dr. Ernest Holmes, the founder of our movement, was headquartered in Los Angeles and had Peggy Lee as one of his followers and he chartered this Center 4 years before his death.
Dr. Holmes wrote in his Science of Mind text, 1938, “To suppose that one must retire from the world to be spiritual is one of the greatest possible mistakes. This is directly opposed to the self-evident truth that Spirit enjoys Itself only in Its own works, which is Its self-manifestation. We enter into the Spirit of Life only as we enter into the spirit of living.”
By no means does this mean we should need to work until we die. It does suggest that as we enter in the spirit of living that we ought to be engaged in a creative activity to fulfill our purpose of life. Seeking a passion within your daily activity is vital to living a healthy and joy-filled life. Whatever level of contribution one can make to the world is an action that fulfills meaning and purpose to the individual.
Our community is populated by seniors and retirees. Many have the ability to leave the career and working world and hopefully find joy and purpose on the golf course or tennis court. Others may need to supplement a minimal retirement fund to make ends meet. In all of these groups there are those seeking purpose in life, beyond the boredom of being retired.
I have found myself to be one of those who feel they still have more to offer. So, what does a retired Pastor do to express the spirit of living? Those Pastors seeking more purpose and meaning, wanting to continue to give in service become interim. A temporary role of service for a congregation seeking their next full-time spiritual leader. An opportunity to serve for a period of months, giving the years of experience to guide a congregation to its next level.
Blessed to have realized this in less than 6 months of retirement, I am again moving with Spirit in a new purpose. My first journey will be with the Center for Spiritual Living Menifee Valley. I hope to bring my experience and expertise for guiding them to a new level. There is always more and as we often quoted in the 60’s, “Keep on Keeping On!
The Rev. Dr. Michael J. Kearney lives in Cathedral City. He can be reached by clicking the “Contact” page in the menu above.