In his book, “He Still Moves Stones,” Max Lucado lists several prominent persons who accomplished as much or more in retirement as they did in their so called prime:
Othmar Ammann designed the Connecticut and New Jersey turnpikes, the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, Dulles Airport, the Throgs Neck Bridge, and the Verrazzano Bridge...AFTER he retired!
Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize in literature ... at the age of 79!
Heinrich Schliemann retired from business to look for Homer’s legendary city of Troy...and found it!
Finally, he sights J.C. Penney, who at 95 yrs old, said, “My eyesight may be getting weaker, but my vision is increasing.”
By way of application, Mr. Lucado suggests, “As we get older, our vision should improve. Not our vision of earth but our vision of heaven. Those who have spent their life looking for heaven gain a skip in their step as the city comes into view.”
Max concludes by suggesting that there is much to do and little time to do it before we are welcomed into that great city. We must therefore approach all of life, not just our prime, with what he calls a “well founded urgency...Days pass. Years fade. And life ends. And what we came to do must be done while there is time...Age is no enemy. Age is a mile-marker—a gentle reminder that home has never been so near."