a good day to think about the spiritual side of retirement.
“They shall bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing.” Psalm 92:14 NKJV
Doctors say that staying mentally and physically active is good for our health and is particularly important when we reach retirement age. For too many of us, our work consumes so much of our time and energy that when it is done, we feel useless and unneeded; lost in ourselves; unable to function. For while we may have planned financially for our retirement, many of us have neglected to plan spiritually for our retirement.
This is truly something that must be done because it will give new breath to older lives as our time, wisdom, patience and spiritual maturity all come together to work for good as we work for God. Not only will we be refreshed, recharged, renewed and restored, the positive impact we can have on others our age, our communities, our churches, and on our children and grandchildren will enhance our remaining time on this earth. A spiritual plan for retirement may not add years to our lives (although it is quite possible that it could), but it will certainly add life to those years.
“When Joshua was an old man, the Lord said to him, ‘You are growing old, and much land remains to be conquered.’” (Joshua 13:1 NLT). At the time God said this, Joshua was between 85 and 100 years old! God wasn’t done with him and if we make ourselves available to Him, there will be plenty of work for us to do as well. With people being people, sin being sin, and the devil being the devil, we need not worry about whether or not there will be work for us when we retire.
The only question will be: “Have we spiritually prepared to do the work?” The answer, of course, will be “Yes!” if we start today building ourselves spiritually. And how do we do that?
It’s quite simple really: Get involved, be involved and stay involved in the spiritual health and growth of yourself, your family, your friends and your church. Start making “deposits” into your spiritual “bank” today and when your time comes to retire, you’ll be able to make “withdrawals” and use them to do God’s work. Your regular investments will pay off in your ability to make a positive difference in the lives of those around you and your golden years will prove to be rewarding in ways you had never dreamed.
Retirement should only mean that now we are ready to go to work full time – for God.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson