Retirement with purpose?
Ensure a lasting impact for those who follow
“Is retirement biblical?” That’s a question I’m often asked. My answer? “Sort of.”
The only direct mention of what we now call “retirement” in Scripture can be found in Numbers 8:23-26. This passage describes the law of the Levites, who were to start working at age 25 and stop working at age 50 to mentor, train and counsel the younger generation.
Titus 2:1-8 also challenges the “older” to encourage and set an example for the “young.”
How do those in or approaching retirement create a sense of purpose and clarity as to where to invest their time, resources and talents to ensure a lasting impact for those who follow?
- Consider areas you’re passionate about and look for opportunities to further engage (i.e. more time to pray, develop new volunteer commitments or create new relationships).
- Explore new and exciting service ventures that you have always sensed God guiding you toward.
- Ask yourself these questions:
- Imagine your 90th birthday; who’s there and what do you hope they will say of you?
- I am at my best/worst when …?
- What do I consider my most important future contribution to the most important people in my life?
Retirement shouldn’t be considered a permanent vacation, but a rebirth for the new work God has for you. Most of our lives are spent sacrificing time for money, so what will your faith look like when you no longer have to make this trade?