I am sad.
I am surprised.
I am mad.
So, I need to take action.
Retirement is often not the golden age of happiness that is dreamed.
Retirement is a MAJOR life transition – up there with marriage, having children, and moving.
I have been researching more and more about retirement. As a healthcare professional, I have seen TOO MANY people lying in a hospital bed with their future retirement plans dashed. And, TOO MANY times, this event that led to the hospital could have been prevented. If only things had gone differently hours, days, months, or years earlier, this hospital visit could have been avoided.
Role of Medication Use
Medication use plays a part in these avoidable events at least 80% of the time. There are many ways medication can be part of the problem:
- Not taking a medication that is prescribed.
- Taking too much of the medication.
- Taking too little of the medication.
- Taking a medication for one thing that makes another problem worse.
- Taking medications that are not safe together.
- Having a severe side effect from a medication.
- Not seeking medical care for a problem that should be treated with medication.
- Taking a medication when no medication is needed.
And then there are multiple variations of each of these issues.
Medications are not benign.
Medications are not all bad.
Medications can save lives.
Preparing for the future
Sometimes the preventable problem is related to lack of planning for retirement.
Most people think of MONEY when they think of retirement planning. There are many professionals who dedicate their career to helping people secure the finances for retirement. Others focus on insurance and protection of assets.
Few have made plans for the enormous lifestyle transition that is retirement. Those who especially struggle with the transition are:
- people who are very busy at work with a lot of responsibility,
- those who always have people lined up to talk with them,
- those who are the decision makers, and
- those who run the company.
The withdrawal from the daily demands of work can be similar to any other withdrawal from an addiction. Symptoms the first few days can include:
- sense of loss
- sense of loss
Later withdrawal symptoms can be:
- feelings of inadequacy or irrelevance
- lack of concentration
Planning for Retirement
Finding the retirement years of your dreams takes planning. How will you prepare for the first day the phone no longer rings, people are no longer lined up outside your office, and the big decisions are made without your input?
We dream of retirement practically from the time we start working. The thought of a break from the pressure sounds wonderful. Then it happens…
I have talked to many men, most thinking they had planned well for retirement, who are then surprised and disappointed when the realities of the transition hit. Others plan to never retire to avoid going through this.
A successful transition to many happy years and a long delay of functional decline is possible!!!
Retirement is a Biblical concept. We are designed for a period of rest from work, but not from ministry.
Going back to the Levites –
Numbers 8:23-26 ESV
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “This applies to the Levites: from twenty-five years old and upward they shall come to do duty in the service of the tent of meeting. And from the age of fifty years they shall withdraw from the duty of the service and serve no more. They minister to their brothers in the tent of meeting by keeping guard, but they shall do no service. Thus shall you do to the Levites in assigning their duties.
And how wonderful to have a phase of life where you keep doing the joyous parts and let the hard work go!
Acts 20:24 ESV
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
It might feel frightening to let go of a decades-long career and enter the unknown of retirement. Then again, that is right where you should be, and God can use you in amazing ways!
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Philippians 1:6 ESV / 67 helpful votes
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 71:17 MSG
You got me when I was an unformed youth,
God, and taught me everything I know.
Now I’m telling the world your wonders;
I’ll keep at it until I’m old and gray.
Consider how God wants to use you in retirement. What blessings are just around the corner, when you give the part of your life completely over to His guidance?