Try as I may, I haven’t found anything in the Holy Scriptures about retirement. I couldn’t find anything about resting on one’s laurels or being given permission at age seventy-three to stop being kind, stop caring about my neighbor, or retiring from God’s plan. When it comes to God’s plan or being a better person we are supposed to keep striving up to our last minutes on earth.
I took a week off last week, and went to the beach for a little restoration and reflection. I find it important to shut down every now and then, simply to think. The result is a commitment to pick up my pace, not slow it down. I have a lot to do when it comes to my commitment to God and my fellow humans. My body may tell me to slow it down, but my heart and mind say pick up the pace.
Retirement is a worthwhile goal for worldly occupations, but when it come to being the best person one can be, it is not an option.