Retirement For Men

July 4, 2012

Retirement For Men

            Many men think that retirement is a release from the daily grind of getting up every morning to go to work.  It may be that, but it shouldn’t be that we are left with nothing to do.  Neither should retirement be a matter of getting up every morning and just doing what one finds enjoyable.

Some men look forward to retirement in anticipation of spending more time with their hobby.  Others plan to pursue studies in hopes of adding a new dimension to their lives.  All of these may be good, but if you are a man of God, there is something else you should take into consideration.

Much has been written about financial planning for retirement.  Little is written about the most profitable way to invest your time in your retirement years.  A man of God should have what he can call his retirement ministry.  It doesn’t mean that you haven’t done anything for God in your years leading up to retirement, but now that you have extra time on your hands, isn’t there something more you could do for God?  A retirement ministry is rewarding in this life, and it will be rewarded in Heaven.   Psalm 92:13-15 says “Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.   They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;  to shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. “

In thinking about a retirement ministry, you need to consider what you have to offer.  What are your talents?  What training have you had?  What are your interests?  A retirement ministry need not be something that will occupy all your time like as if you are going back to work again.  On the other hand, it might.  There may be some Christian organization looking for someone with talent that you have to offer. A retirement ministry is greatly enhanced if you and your wife can both work at it together.

Your retirement ministry may be nothing more than mowing the lawn at church or doing the janitorial and maintenance work at church.  The following are some other suggestions that you might want to consider.

1.  If you have computer knowledge you could offer to help your pastor set up and maintain a data base of his messages and lesson material.  You could also use your computer knowledge to help other retired people learn how to use a computer, and communicate with their children and grand children.

2.  If you live in a city you could keep informed about new residents and visit them with an invitation  to visit your church.

3.  Hospital visitation is a profitable ministry.  It need not be limited to just visiting people you know who are hospitalized.  You could go one day a week during visiting hours and visit with those who don’t have visitors.  Be prepared to leave a gospel tract with them, share the gospel with them, and pray with them about their spiritual and physical needs.

4.  Rest home visitation is another good ministry.  If you can preach and teach, it might be possible, with the help of others from your church, to have a weekly service at the home.  You could go other days and make yourself available to read the Bible, pray with the residents, and write letters for them.  There are lots of lonely people in rest homes.  You might be able to go by the home on Sunday morning and take some of the residents to church with you. If you get acquainted with the management they might even ask you to be their Chaplin.

5.  It may be that your local hospice is in need of volunteers to visit people at death’s door.  They may give you training for the ministry.  Before committing yourself, be sure to ask if you will be free to minister to the spiritual needs of those you visit.

6.  If there is a prison or correction facility near by you might be able to get permission to visit the prisoners.  Some make a regular visit to the prison where they leave Bible correspondence courses for the prisoners.  Prisoners really appreciate it if someone from outside comes in to visit them.

Some of the suggestions offered here could be applied to women also.  This article is addressed especially to the men because most men invest the greater part of their lives in secular work.

These are just a few suggestions for a retirement ministry.  It would be wise to talk to your pastor.  There may be ministries in the church.  You may find yourself with more than one retirement ministry.  It may also be that your ministry will not be the same all your retirement years.  If you are willing to serve the Lord, it’s almost certain that you will find something to do.  Pray about it.  Most retirement ministries won’t take so much of your time that you won’t be able to pursue your other interests.

Proverbs 9:10-11 says “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.   For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.”  If we are busy serving the Lord we are profitable to him and he has reason to increase the years of our life.  Having a ministry we enjoy gives us reason for living.  Don’t waste your retirement years in selfish aspirations.

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