Aging Matters: Finding Your Calling for the Rest of Your Life
“Man was placed in Paradise ... that he would till the land not in servile labor but with a spiritual pleasure befitting his dignity.” —St. Augustine
After a long and vital career as a professor of theology and leadership, Stevens moved into retirement with a questioning mind rather than passive acceptance of a predetermined role. The thoughts he shares with readers now are inspiring and particularly insightful in a world where the number of retired people increases more quickly everyday.
His primary point is that our calling is as relevant in our older years as it is when we are building a career in our youth. Secondly, he delves into the idea that aging is a spiritual discipline with great lessons to teach. He describes retirement as a “useful shock” that can trigger personal growth. Each chapter ends with a suggested study based on a carefully selected scripture from the Bible. While he relies on Judeo-Christian teachings, he makes it clear that his message is based on inclusive spirituality. There are discussions of the difference between God’s plan as opposed to God’s purpose for our lives, why a calling is not specifically a religious occupation, vocational integrity, inter-generational storytelling, a hearty responsiveness to God, leaving a multifaceted legacy, and the end that is the beginning.