By Wayne Taylor, Director of the Louisiana Baptist Foundation
[img_assist|nid=7993|title=Retirement|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=511]Planning for retirement typically centers around numbers; either saving an amount of money or attaining a certain age to receive Social Security or a company retirement plan. There is a TV commercial for a financial company that promotes the idea that retirement is a number: accumulating the amount of money we need to live comfortably without a paycheck from employment. I confess that I viewed retirement that way, until recently.
But while reading Billy Graham’s new book, Nearing Home: Life, Faith and Finishing Well, which is primarily about aging gracefully with purpose and preparing for death, I was surprised to find that Dr. Graham tackled the issue of retirement in Chapter 2, “Don’t Retire from Life.”
Dr. Graham said, “No matter who we are, retirement presents us with two choices. Either we can use it to indulge ourselves, or we can use it to make an impact on the lives of others. In other words, the choice we face is between empty self-indulgence and meaningful activity.”