Life on the Half Shell?
David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers. ACTS 13:36
John Piper, a longtime pastor and author, was skimming Reader's Digest one day.
He came across the story of a middle-aged couple who had been financially successful enough to retire early and pack their bags for Florida. Imagine the thrill, they said, to do nothing but relax. Just kick back and collect seashells.
John began wondering whether this should ever be the sum game of a Christian's earthly existence. "At the end of my life," John says, "I hope I'm mainly preparing to meet the Judge of the earth and give an account of my one little, vaporous life. And I'm pretty sure He's not going to ask to see my shell collection."
I'm not saying for one minute that there's anything wrong with play and recreation, perhaps even a seashell collection. God has designed these things for us to enjoy. But when you dream of your life in retirement, do you see yourself being content with lowering your golf handicap, bagging a bigger buck or traveling the world? Or do you see yourself pursuing a purpose that will outlive you?
As I look at the Scripture for today, I realize that in my latter years, I want to be fulfilling God's purpose for me in this generation. I want Barbara and me to be living smack-dab in the center of His will.
Do you have a heart that burns for building relationships and using your gifts, abilities and experience, even in the final chapter of your life? Or will you merely be a shell of what you could have been?
When you think of retirement, how do you envision it? How do you think your vision of retirement compares with how God wants to use you? Where is God at work today? How could He use you as a couple?
Ask God for nothing more than the desire to do His will all the way to the finish line. In fact, why not be so bold as to pray that you'll be miserable doing anything else?