RETIREMENT! (17 Nov 2019)

Many amongst us are holding one of the  citizen privilege cards, ie Pioneer Generation and Merdeka Generation. These are  in recognition of the contribution that have been made for the earlier years of Singapore nation building and wishing all to have a better retirement in view of the privileges attached to these cards.

Psalm 90: 12

“So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom”.

This verse refers especially to the ability to make most of one’s days, since they are so few.

But for many people, it’s not surprising that retirement frustrates our sense of self-regard. We are no longer needed; we are not in demand. We have no colleagues to impress and no one to command or control. Our advice is no longer sought.

Most retirees can identify. Retirement not only robs us of our work, it may also affect  us of our self worth, for so much of our sense of worth is tied up in what we do.

But what if we view all these losses as a good thing? For losses, properly understood, become the means by which we gain more of Christ and find rest in His love for us. And this reminds us of Philippians 3:7-8 ” But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I counted everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ”. Paul used a harsh Greek word for “rubbish” -“skuballa”, which means “excrement”!

While work is part of the created order, and God certainly does bless the works of our hands, our efforts and anxious endeavours will never bring us the ultimate satisfaction we crave. Rest and peace come from living in the love of God.

We welcome RETIREMENT!

Retirement provides an opportunity to purify our hearts. A pure heart is an undivided heart in which there is but one desire: to be loved by our Lord Jesus and to love Him in return.

Everyone looks forward to a retirement. God assures us that as we come of age, we are not winding down, but taking the next sure step into a full and useful life. A familiar quip “as we retire, we get ourselves re-tyre”.

 

Elder Andrew Lim