This day, March 15, is going to be the Anniversary Date for Royal Palm World Mission. I woke up this morning thinking about it. I had a very traumatic experience last year. It’s nothing I want to dig into, but rather something that needs to be buried forever. The memory of what happened will not enslave me!
I talked to my dad’s wife. We are prayer partners. I said to her, “This is the anniversary of the day when they threw me out.” She answered, “Don’t say that. Rather see it as your Freedom Day!” And that is what March 15 is going to be called in my calendar. Freedom is the word!
This day will be a positive anniversary. Cristina, my designer in Peru, started working with me. I was also hired on a three-year contract to translate into Spanish lessons for orphans, which I thoroughly enjoy.
My head is full of plans. I just have to pace myself and remember that Rome wasn’t build in one day, neither will the Resource Library that I’m putting together be done in a flash. It will take some time, but as in the fable of the fox and the tortoise, I will be moving forward like the tortoise, but hopefully a little quicker than at tortoise pace. Praise God! I am more excited than I’ve been in a long time. Little by little I will be sharing the things that are happening.
I am enjoying my retirement years, even if I’m working more than I’ve ever done. I usually don’t get to bed until after midnight. Just the thought of not having an alarm set, not having to hurry to get to the office, not having to satisfy other people’s agenda… that is freedom!
I paid the price for this freedom! I worked hard doing what my bosses wanted done. I did my job as I do in everything, as unto the Lord. Now my reward is the pension that gives me this freedom. I paid my taxes, and now I have a monthly social security check. I can pay my mortgage, I can buy gas, and I can buy food. Best of all is that I can give every penny I have left over to forward God’s Kingdom. It’s really the opposite. First God, and then I have enough for my personal needs.
Celebrate with me this Freedom Day! If you are not retired yet, work faithfully at whatever job you have and your freedom will come. If you have the retirement freedom, find meaningful things to do. That will keep you alive and alert.
The ministry God has allowed me to direct is a RESOURCE LIBRARY. When I’m done (with many heads and minds and hands helping me), teachers will have resources for all the different subjects they will teach. It will be Bible lessons, stories, Power Points, visuals aids, crafts, puppets… you name it, we will have it! And everything will be available for free download in Spanish and English. Everything will be brought together in a big catalog.
The purpose is that anybody, anywhere, can access it on the web and then translate it to their language. How this will happen I don’t know. My part in this worldwide venture is to prepare all the components. Twenty five years ago the World Wide Web was created. Twenty five years from now all these things I’m planning will be on the Web.
Let’s pretend I have a Swedish Princess cake to celebrate with. This freedom to devote ALL my time to preparing materials for teachers is worth celebrating. Have a piece of “pretend” cake!