“work now and play later?”

JP: Good article on retirement by Chris Anderson. I post this because: 1.) I think about retirement almost every day! And the article ministered to me!; 2.) The article highlights that the purpose of life is not to amass goods or things; or to be “easy”; but to live for and glorify God every day!

Another brief thought: Nor is the goal of life to “play now and serve Christ later”!

This article dovetails nicely with the Tony Dungy article also posted today. Tony Dungy cited the Apostle Paul: “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). The credo of the Apostle Paul is to be the life’s testimony of every child of God! Life for Christ (for His glory) TODAY!

Rethinking Retirement

Excerpt:

… resist the mindset that says the goal of life is to work now and play later—both for Christ’s sake and for your own. Many a retiree has stopped working only to fall into an emotional, spiritual, or physical funk. There’s a reason for that. God created us to be productive for His glory.

HT: A Thinking Man’s Thoughts

A good John Piper quotation (here):

“I will tell you what a tragedy is. I will show you how to waste your life. Consider a story from the February 1998 edition of Reader’s Digest, which tells about a couple who “took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30 foot trawler, play softball and collect shells.”

At first, when I read it I thought it might be a joke. A spoof on the American Dream. But it wasn’t. Tragically, this was the dream: Come to the end of your life—your one and only precious, God-given life—and let the last great work of your life, before you give an account to your Creator, be this: playing softball and collecting shells.

Picture them before Christ at the great day of judgment: ‘Look, Lord. See my shells.’ That is a tragedy. And people today are spending billions of dollars to persuade you to embrace that tragic dream. Over against that, I put my protest: Don’t buy it. Don’t waste your life.”

From: Don’t Waste Your Life (available for free download from this link!)

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