I am Lau Bee Lan, just retired from the judiciary for about a year and 3 months. I am looking forward to a new phase of life after working for forty-two years, to be able to spend more time with my family, friends, even to build new relationships and essentially, to focus time with God and His Word.
I have not experienced any sense of loss of identity and purpose or a loss of power upon retirement. And I am mindful that whatever privileges I had enjoyed came along with the office and the position I held. As a believer who has placed my faith and trust in the Lord Jesus, my worth as a person is not attached to a job or a position I hold, but my identity is found in Christ.
In view of some form of counselling being involved in the course of interaction when serving in the visitation ministry of my home church, I have signed up for an online course of Diploma in Christian Counselling which was offered by the Malaysian Baptist Theological Seminary during the lockdown, that will enable me to be equipped in a more structured manner to be effective when participating in lay counselling.
Thankfully, my family is supportive of my new endeavours as they believe that I should keep myself active. My faith has been boosted and encouraged when serving in the visitation and intercessory prayer ministries, as the sick pray and depend totally on God, with not much murmuring.
Lastly, I truly enjoy life after retirement as if gives me greater flexibility to reflect, to engage in conversations, to read and to participate in social activities in an unhurried manner without having the constant worry of deadlines to be met at the back of my mind.