10 is an awesome number!
Just remember, a milestone and a finish line are not the same thing. A milestone is something you pass. A finish line is the end! And bad things happen when we mistake milestones for finish lines.
Kings don’t retire, they abdicate in exile.
Priests don’t retire, they fall from grace.
Warriors don’t retire, they start fighting the wrong battles.
Examples in the Bible of people who quit:
Noah was called righteous and blameless!
But the last event we learn of his life was a drunken event that brought shame and curse to his family!
Korah was of the chosen lineage to minister in God’s tabernacle
But died an inglorious death due to rebellion against God’s plan
Gideon was a nobody chosen by God to deliver Israel from oppression
But took advantage of his popularity and led his family and many in his nation away from God in the end
Eli was the High Priest of Israel
But his two sons and the Ark of the Covenant were both lost while he served as spiritual leader of Israel
King Joash repaired the temple and reinstituted worship in Israel
But listened to the wrong people and was ultimately assassinated
A break is a day off, not a season of disengagement! Jesus took days off with disciples but right back to ministry.
The best in you will come out on the battlefield.
On the rooftop the worst in us comes out.
– Jimmy Evans
The battlefield is a metaphor for fighting, staying in the game, etc. Just as the rooftop is a metaphor for taking a break from responsibilities!