Retirement

O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. 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 71:17-18

     – John Piper, Rethinking Retirement
     – John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life
     – John Piper, Closed Countries and Retirement

     “Getting old to the glory of God 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 and uselessness in retirement. Instead, knowing that we have an infinitely satisfying and everlasting inheritance in God just over the horizon of life makes us zealous in our few remaining years here to spend ourselves in the sacrifices of love, not the accumulation of comforts.”
     – John Piper, Getting Old for the Glory of God

     “I don’t want to be an all-or-nothing type person here. I want people to think soberly and maximize their generosity…Make as much as you can, give as much as you can, and save what you need to in order to be a responsible non-borrower. Then do retirement with some minimalistic plan that frees you up for gospel ministry till the day you drop.”
     – John Piper, Should I Invest for Retirement?

     “Most men don’t die of old age, they die of retirement. I read somewhere that half the men retiring in the state of New York die within two years. Save your life and you’ll lose it. Just like other drugs, other psychological addictions, retirement is a virulent disease, not a blessing…Where in the Bible do they see that? Did Moses retire? Did Paul retire? Peter? John? Do military officers retire in the middle of a war?”
     – Ralph D. Winter, “The Retirement Booby Trap,” Mission Frontiers 7 (July 1985), p. 25.

     “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. The Bible says that as long as your heart is beating God has a plan and purpose for your life…to grow personally, to get to know God, to serve others, and make the world a better place.
    In retirement, what we have to ask is, ‘What’s going to be the center of my life?’ because if you don’t have a solid center it’s going to fall apart. Then we have to say, ‘Who are going to be my life companions; who will be my associates, my circle of influence; what is going to be the character of my life; how am I going to keep growing?’ I think in retirement you have to focus more on your ministry and your mission, or, ‘How can I give back to the world or make the world a better place in my final years?’
     I think the key is to give people models of staying productive; not simply lounging around living a self-centered life.  Do you really think God wants to leave you for another 20 years on earth just to live for yourself?”