Monday, October 8th, 2018
Gotcha's Detours: Retirement
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
They will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
Planted in the house of the Lord,
They will flourish in the courts of our God.
They will still bear fruit in old age,
They will stay fresh and green...
Psalm 92:12-14 (NIV)
As I near the age when friends leave their jobs, I have no desire to ever retire.
Nor is retirement known in the Bible. Did Abraham* kick back and settle down? Did he relax in pleasant amusements? What if Sarah retired at 65 and refused the work of raising a son? Or Zechariah and Elizabeth?
Moses was 80 when God called him up. Aaron and Miriam were older. I admire the giant-killer, Caleb. At 85, he was raring to fight. I want to be like him when I grow up.
Consider some thoughts about retirement:**
1) For most of the history of the world, if you were alive and able, you worked.
2) My dad said (many researchers agree): early retirement means earlier death.
3) Retirees often focus on themselves, but God says we must focus on others.
4) When people don't feel driven or useful, they can waste away like abandoned cars.
Conclusion? If my fellow seniors retire from jobs, they need new jobs that help other people. God's Great Commission never expires.
## Gotcha's Detours: Retirement (Part 51)
* Previous Devotion: Star Players: Abraham
** Short article: How Retirement Was Invented
*** Short article: Early Retirement May Be The Kiss Of Death, Study Finds
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.