Chuck Bentley: The Benefits of Work and Why You Should Consider Not Retiring

Dear Chuck,

My grandfather gets up and goes to work 5 days a week. He’s 80! He says he never wants to retire. I would love to have a job I love that much. What’s the secret?


Dear Inspired,

I understand how you feel! My dad worked full time until he was 83. He enjoyed his work and taught each of his children to do the same. Even in his retirement, he worked full time as a caregiver to my mom. He set a wonderful example for us.

Benefits of Work

Besides the obvious benefit of having an income, work is a primary way to experience purpose, meaning, and joy. It allows for self-expression, and has the potential to be used in a great way to serve the needs of the world and to bring glory to God.

I recently read the inspiring story of a 99-year-old woman who has worked for the state of California for 76 years. May Lee drives herself to work at 6 a.m. and claims: If you keep busy, you enjoy life.

She started with the California Department of Finance in 1943, moved to the Department of General Services in 1963, and worked until she retired in 1990, upon which she worked four days a week as a retired annuitant. Now she works as an unpaid volunteer.

A voracious reader, she’s always learning, and respects everyone regardless of their title.

She attributes her health to eating right, exercising (she used to walk the stairs in the parking garage for an hour), and standing instead of sitting in her office.

May Lee is not alone. Many people are continuing to work into their retirement years. They enjoy the relationships they’ve built over the years and find their work fulfilling. Some have tried retirement but end up finding it boring so they change careers or find part-time positions. A growing segment of our population needs the income to support a longer life and higher medical costs.

Continue Working Instead of Retiring

Our God is a worker. Genesis records how He worked for six days and rested for one. We are operating as God designed us when we work. Americans tend to glamorize the modern idea of retirement, but it is time to rethink our perspective.

Work plays a significant role in our spiritual lives. Besides supplying our physical needs, it provides the opportunity to apply Biblical principles that would otherwise be mere academics.

In serving others, we yield “our rights” and bring glory to God. We learn to identify with Jesus who came not to be served, but to serve. So, work is not a “secular” activity. It can be our greatest area of Christian outreach and witness. The older worker, who acknowledges he/she is working for Christ, and who knows all motives and achievements regardless of earthly reward, can relax and enjoy the job.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Chuck Bentley