Don’t Retire; Rehire!

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As you head toward your “golden years,” take stock and take charge of your future!

As you head toward the “golden years,” take stock and take charge of your future

One of the American dreams is retirement.  One of my friends, a very successful businessman, retired with enough money that he did not have to work.  He vacationed, played golf and visited grandchildren.

A year later he said, “I am so depressed. I want to kill myself.”

He explained that without work, without contributing, without being needed, and without purpose, he felt lost and alone. He discovered he did have to work, because that is the way God made him.  It wasn’t about the money. It was about meaningful moments of doing what God made him to do.

Retirement is not in the Bible

I understand that retirement is not mentioned in the Bible.  So I did word search, and got zero results.  The Bible is filled with examples of seniors working.  My favorite is Joshua. 

After Moses died just short of entering the Promised Land. God appointed Joshua to lead the charge – at age 60!  Suddenly Joshua was not only going to continue working, but he was promoted to commander in chief.  Not a walk in the park.  In fact, Joshua’s amazing story of trial and triumphs unfolds through 23 chapters that cover another 50 years.  That’s right.  He worked until he died at 110 years old.

The very good news is that God’s promising instructions to Joshua from the beginning…

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9 

“Re-Hire-Ment”

God is with you too.  Wherever you go.  Whatever you do.  Whether you have enough money to retire or not, think “Re-Hire-Ment,” not retirement. 

As you head toward the “golden years,” take stock and take charge of your future.  Explore how God has gifted, impassioned and called you.  Discover the work assignments He has prepared for you.  It might be part-time, contract or volunteer. 

If an employer does not hire you “because you are too old,” then why would you want to work for them anyway?  Look for faith and senior-friendly work environments.  Then select jobs that you think God has reserved for you. 

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