The Changing Face of Retirement
- Friday, September 14, 2007
2. Rethink Retirement – I always worry when someone tells me they want to retire so they can do nothing. Ron Blue, our Kingdom Advisors, says this: “It’s not about figuring out what you are retiring from as much as it is figuring out what you are retiring to.” Just because you reach a specific age doesn’t mean that God is done with you. The concept of retirement is not a biblical command or expectation. What if Noah had “retired” at 65? What if Abraham said he was too old to procreate? I think you get the point.
3. Carpe Diem (seize the day) - Instead of living in fear of what the future might bring, celebrate the opportunity that might come your way. Don't see it as more years that require hard work. Approach it as a privilege to have more time to serve God. Countless hours of volunteer work are provided by senior adults to churches and organizations. A longer life means that you will have time to do more things and enjoy more experiences.
Retirement planning is not necessarily fun, but it is wise. A good plan can be set up and put on autopilot only requiring routine maintenance. Whatever you do, do it now. Don’t procrastinate just because you’re too busy. A little work now will make things much easier down the road.
Steve Scalici is a Certified Financial PlannerTM with Treasure Coast Financial. He is co-host of God’s Money, which can be heard on the internet at www.oneplace.com. You can contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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