How to Retire

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Somebody sent me this suggestion on what to do when you are retired.

Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting. I went to the store the other day. I was only in there for about 5 minutes. When I came out there was a city cop writing out a parking ticket. I went up to him and said, “Come on, buddy, how about giving a senior a break?” He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. I called him a name. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires. So I called him a worse name. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes. The more I abused I him, the more tickets he wrote. I didn’t care. My car was parked around the corner. I try to have a little fun each day now that I’m retired. It’s important at our age.

I suppose that is one way to spend retirement. Probably not the best way. I believe the Lord has a better way for you.

Retirement opens doors for new opportunities of service that you might have never considered. I don’t believe that God ever wants us to retire from his work. You can retire from your work, but not his. I did a word search for retire in the bible. It only occurs in twice. Lev:25 says priests should retire at 50. So if you are a levitical priest you are off the hook. And Psalm 127 uses the word for sleep. Other than that, God expects you to stay active and involved in his work until he decides to call you home.

You just didn’t see anybody retire in the New Testament. They either died for their faith or they died working. John died in his late 80’s. Polycarp, John’s beloved disciple was martyred at 87. Mother Teresa served Christ until she died at 87. Corrie Ten Boom was 91. J. Vernon McGee began his radio ministry at 63 and stayed on the air until his death at 84. Billy Graham has preached into his 80’s.

So regardless of your age, stay active, get involved. Don’t quit.

That’s the good news, now have a good day.

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