Is there LIFE AFTER RETIREMENT? Ah…life is great; six Saturdays and one Sunday. Retirement is good for some, and not so good for others. My step-father had a heart attack within 6 months of retiring at age 65. My natural father retired from a day-to-day serious work-load at around 75, but continued to work productively every day, and died at age 89.
For myself ….I went into semi-retirement at age 57, about…19 years ago, and have no plans of slowing up. So…what to do? What does one do when they “have to do anything?”
Well, we could try helping others. There are many volunteer opportunities, and even others, that pay minimum wages. We could help in schools, city parks, crossing guard, hospital work, library helper, church work, school bus drivers, local homeless shelters, small business advisor, gardener, prison ministries, funeral home assistant, barber, parts delivery, and much more.
Why sit at home feeling sorry for ourselves… sitting around… doing nothing. We do this… while gaining weight, losing muscle-mass, walking… and thinking slower, being a couch potato… and risk losing a grip on life?
While I don’t criticize retirement years, they’re actually very good for a lot of people. We all work hard, most of us for 45-50 years… hoping to enjoy those leisure years. What I am saying is: don’t allow yourself to lead a life-style that accelerates poor living habits, such that one’s health and well-being is at risk, such so, that when you actually do reach retirement age… you can go into it in a “good state of health” as possible.
Our health, our disposition, and our day-to-day preparation to handle “life’s events,” thus preparing ourselves for “that day,” when OUR-TIME is about to run its term. The “big retirement day” is when we retire from “this world into the next.” Preparing for “that day,” is far more IMPORTANT than any other event in our life… YET…for some reason, too many of us take “this retirement event” as NOT that big of deal; and consequently are very “ill-prepared.”
If you do nothing else during this ADVENT SEASON, then PLEASE, take a few moments to think about the role “you must play,” in your own SALVATION. Salvation is the deliverance from the world, from lust, from self-will. It is being filled with all the fullness of God. It is the development of the moral image of Christ in us. It is untroubled rest in the Father.
We are told in Hebrews 3:12-14 – “Take care, brethren, lest there should be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart, in falling away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end…”
Are you “at rest” with The Father? …Blessings…cjlb…12/19/15.