I want to open a conversation about the “R” word ... retirement. And I want to speak to Gen X’ers and Millennials, as well as boomers and current retirees. We see in scripture that God’s plan is for us to live life abundantly. What does such flourishing look like in life’s later years?
The American dream and our culture tells us that we can retire to a life of leisure. But Ron Blue, founder of Kingdom Advisors, says, “You’re not finished with God’s work until he takes you home, therefore let’s talk about ‘rehirement’ instead of retirement.” My friend Dr. Charlie Self, who led us last year during our Festival of Faith, likes to use the word “reassignment” instead of retirement.
Retirement viewed as a long term vacation may not fit the biblical narrative as God’s intent for His people, nor might unending occupational labor be our destiny. Rather the challenge is to live life with a balance of work, rest and service. It is important that we understand that work is all moral and meaningful activity, other than rest and leisure. A term that more closely honors the season in life that many seniors find themselves might be ‘elder’. This term reflects the accumulation of knowledge, experience and wisdom, with the ability to contribute as a mentor.
God’s calling for us is not something from which we retire. Christ’s command for us is to be in the world and not of the world. He calls us to be counter cultural when needed. Regardless of what season you are in now, pray that you use all the days God gives you, for His greater glory.
Published on Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 3:54 PM EDT