WILL YOU RETIRE?
What will be your fair conclusion of the following short biographies of these men?
(A)An 85 year old military Genera who leads a successive military campaign to drive out a savage fierce enemy from their native lands. Before he starts, he tells his commander in chief that he has the same strength and vigor to fight, as he had at 40 years old. According to this General 45 years had done nothing to affect his strength.
(B)A teenager, who gets drafted into the civil service as a trainee bureaucrat, sticks with the job, serves for 65 years with powerful kings and gains much glory and in his twilight years he authors a book.
(C)An 80 year-old fugitive murderer who out of curiosity attends an interview to head a company whose workforce was three million people. He reluctantly accepts the position of the C.E.O quits his career of 40 years and heads south.
His life is full of drama as he dairy contends with a stubborn king on one hand and an equally stiff-necked workforce/slaves on the other hand. He achieved a major success against the stubborn king, meanwhile they shifted base with the three million workforce.
One of the responsibilities of the C.E.O was that he became the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court with a complicated judicial system. He had to sit in his office the whole day doing justice. This he did until his father-in-law brought in some wisdom that stress will finish him; he brought on board some seventy lawyers to help.
Like all of us, sometimes careers take toll on our family relations. It seems that his first wife deserted him, but life had to continue _ he remarried. This second marriage attracted the wrath of his elder brother and sister, the pressure was too much and God had to step in to defend his man.
He had his share of anger outbursts. He had to contend with the labor unions and social welfare organizations on a daily basis. Finally, that weakness costed him his major goal. Despite all that, he authored five books which are best-sellers after almost three thousand years which have been translated into hundred of different languages.
Finally as he was about to die at 120 years, he had to climb a mountain to die. Records say that his eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished.
In short, I have compressed the lives of Caleb, Daniel and Moses. The twilight years of their lives were blessed beyond what we can see today. This is because of the scripture in Eccl 7:8, the first part reads “The end of a thing is better than the beginning”.
Look at the life of Paul, he starts by studying religion and becomes very zealous about it driving him to persecute the Church. He ends up meeting Jesus face to face, embarks on a powerful missionary work and in his twilight years he authors two thirds of the New Testament.
I believe a subtle word has been brought into our system in this generation that has caused most people not to enjoy their twilight years. The word is “retirement”. Please, excuse me for quoting the dictionary definition of retirement “the time when you stop working especially because you have reached the age when you are officially “too old” to work, or the act of doing this”.
My believe is that God never intended for us to stop pursuing our purpose here on earth by retiring. The minds of people have been fed with this word to curtail them from achieving satisfaction in life. I think the ones who accept retirement are the ones who are not following the passion of their hearts.
I know this may sound strange because there’s the question of ill health, war, lack of resources, maybe bad governance but I think these are just excuses people heap on themselves. The men I listed above all shared same challenges like we but they achieved much in their twilight years.
My thinking is that writers be the most people who should enjoy and be productive in their twilight years. The reason I have taken on the writers is that they put into visible print their thoughts. Thoughts affect our behavior, man is a sum total of his thoughts. Prov 23:7 says “…as a man thinks in his heart so is he”.
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