Retirement is for the Birds

(Photo: Julia Manzerova, Flickr.)The Law of Entropy says that everthing, left to itself, will naturally move in the direction of randomness and decline.  Businesses decline, marriages decline, bodies decline, churches decline.  85% of churches have plateaued or are in decline.

Every marriage starts with hope and excitement, thinking that the honeymoon will last forever.  No one ever plans for the marriage to decline and even fall into the slippery slope that leads to divorce.

I met an insurance man that commented on the shocking number of people he personally experienced who retired to a life of drinking beer and watching TV and a year later he was paying out the life insurance to the widow.

One hundred years ago, there was no such thing as retirement. You worked until you couldn’t work anymore, then you lived with your family until you died.

I’m not saying that the idea of saving up money and retiring from being a slave to the workplace is a bad idea.  I’m saving for retirement too, because I know that I won’t always have the same physical and emotional stamina I have today.

What I am saying is that I will never retire from having a God given purpose.  I will never retire from saying, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done.”  Until I take my last breath, God has a plan and a purpose for me on this planet, and whatever my “hand finds to do, I will do it as unto the Lord.”

According to Gallup data, the average retirement age in 2002 was 59.

After a year of retirement, my pastor commented…

“Retirement is for the birds.”  William E. Yaeger

Then Bill Yaeger got back involved in ministry, not as a lead pastor, but as wise counsel for a lead pastor.

Daniel was 83 years old when he entered the lions’ den.  Caleb was in his 80s when he was ready to fight more battles. John was in his 90s when he was exiled on the island of Patmos because his bold preaching about Jesus was threatening the Roman Government.

We may retire from the workforce, but we never retire from serving God.  We might decline in physical strength, but we don’t have to decline in spiritual strength and vitality.  God always has a work for us to do, and as long as we have breath, we suit up and report for duty to build the kingdom of God until Jesus returns for his own.

That’s my plan, and I’m sticking to it!  Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment…

Posted by sblubeck