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Retirement Reconsidered

Reconsidering Retirement For many Baby Boomers, traditional retirement doesn't seem feasible, and the Bible challenges the notion of traditional retirement. The Challenges Of Retiring Today in 2003 55% workers reported that they (and their spouses) had less than $25,000 in $56,710 is the Median Household income for 50+ adults in 2013 savings and investments 24 57% 28% have less than $1,000 saved Many people aren't saving enough for retirement. in 2008 of Boomers felt that they'd work late into life, past traditional retirement age (62.6) 85% 65% expect to work past age 65, even as the economy has improved in 2014 This is problematic because 50+ demographics are growing: +10,000,000 108,729,506 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 every day until 2020 2013 2020 44% Of boomers feel that, when they retire, they will not be able to afford to do the things they want to do in retirement. One out of three workers expect that their standard of living will decrease when they retire. Four Christian Leaders On Retirement: Your age is the best age. -Howard E. Butt Jr. "Emanuel Kant wrote his great philosophical work at age 74. Giuseppe Verdi produced Ave Maria at age 85. Michelangelo did his greatest work at age 87. Let me remind you: life doesn't card you at the door. If you have a dream, your age is the best age. Live productively into old age. –Mark D. Roberts "Living productively, even into old age, isn't just a matter of doing the right thing, however important this may be. It is, above all, a result of living in a deep, growing relationship with God." Resist the American dream. -John Piper "Finishing life to the glory of Christ means resolutely resisting the typical American dream of retirement. It means being so satisfied with all that God promises to be for us in Christ that we are set free from the cravings that create so much emptiness in retirement." Retirement is not Biblical. -Rick Warren "The word 'retirement' is not even in the Bible, so it's not a biblical concept. What is taught in Scripture is a transition. You may change jobs, you may change vocations and you may volunteer for free, but there is nothing that says you work most of your life and then get to be selfish for the next 20 years." Four Biblical Ways To Be Fruitful In Retirement: Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. –Psalm 92:14 Guard Values for the Next Generation Levites were supposed to work in the tabernacle from 25-50 years old. After 50 they kept guard in order to prevent riots. "This applies to the Levites: from twenty-five years old and upward they shall come to do duty in the service of the tent of meeting. And from the age of fifty years they shall withdraw from the duty of the service and serve no more. They minister to their brothers in the tent of meeting by keeping guard." (Numbers 8:24-26) Intercede for the Next Generation Two elderly people, Simeon and Anna, spent much time at the temple "serving night and day with fasting and prayers." They were privileged to prophesy over the baby Jesus. (Luke 2) Mentor the Next Generation Older people proclaim God's good deeds and teach younger people how to live. In word and by example. "Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind. that the word of God may not be reviled." (Titus 2:1-15) Share God's Goodness with the Next Generation So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. (Psalm 71:18) As we age in the 21st century, we need to internalize Biblical principles for healthy living. Although retirement may give us latitude regarding the sort of work we're able to do-maybe we can spend time with our family, volunteer, teach or garden- it's healthy and right to work into old age, paid or unpaid. Whether we're able to afford "traditional retirement" or not, we all have the same opportunities to find purpose and glorify God with our lives. THE HIGHCALLING EVERYDAY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT WORK, LIFE, AND GOD. A PROGRAM OF FOUNDATIONS FOR LAITY RENEWAL

Retirement Reconsidered

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For many Baby Boomers, traditional retirement doesn’t seem feasible, and the Bible challenges the notion of traditional retirement.


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