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A Bittersweet Bye-Bye

Friday, November 2, 2018

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“You and I are, by birth, by nature, and by choice, inwardly depraved, which is to say that we are entirely corrupt. That’s not to say that we have no good in us; we do. However, anything good in us has been tainted with evil. It touches everything. Without the redeeming power of Christ, we cannot halt our own moral slide.” – Chuck Swindoll

In February 1983, I started working as the recreation director at a Christian retirement community in New Jersey. Fast forward 10 years and, in February 1993, I tendered my resignation, effective December 31st of that year.

During those intervening years, I served not only as the recreation director, but also as the director of development and the director of volunteer services. Suffice it to say that I learned some invaluable lessons wearing those three hats simultaneously. In fact, silly as it sounds, virtually everything I needed to know to run an athletic prison ministry, I learned there.

As my days at the Wiley Christian Retirement Community came to an end, the administration held a going-away party for me. It was bittersweet, as I said good-bye to my co-workers as well as the hundreds of elderly residents I had grown to know and love during my decade of service. However, the “sweet” part of the equation was that I was leaving to pursue God’s call on my life.

At the farewell party, I remember saying the following…

“Whatever you saw in me that was bad, was Dale Glading. And whatever you saw in me that was good, was Jesus Christ.”

I meant it then and I mean it now.

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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