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December 15th, 2017
Author and pastor, John Piper, came across a Reader's Digest article about a middle-aged couple that was able to retire long before most of us could consider such a thing. Their goal was simple. Move to Florida, relax, and collect seashells. Here was his reaction to the article.
"At the end of my life, 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." (Pastor John Piper)
Certainly the Lord wants us to experience some enjoyment in life, but when you dream of retirement, will you be content with lowering your golf handicap or traveling to every state in the US? Or do you see yourself pursuing a purpose that will outlive you?
"So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing." (1 Corinthians 9:26)
As many of you know, I will be retiring from my position as Pastor to Men at Cedar Mill Bible Church at the end of this month. While I hope to continue dabbling in buying and selling cars, it will be a new paradigm to get up each morning without the typical demands of the workplace. While a trip or two does await Lin and me, sight-seeing and doing projects around the property are not what I want my end game to consist of. My hope is to take some time tosit with the Lord and ask Him what He wants to see from the remaining years He will allot to me.
"I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me." (Psalm 57:2)
For some of you, retirement seems too far off to consider, others have been retired for years. Either way, let’s make it our goal to seek His kingdom, not our pleasure first when our days of clocking in at the office are done. Let’s keep the goal of wanting to be right on target with what God’s will is for us. I want all of us to be able to have an epilogue like this.
"David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers." (Acts 13:36)
Let’s get to the finish line knowing we completed our task, instead of stumbling across as a shell of a man.