This morning, one of the top headlines on Yahoo News was “The Number One Obstacle to Retirement”. It was from a US News article that talked about five ways to get back on track for retirement. It mentioned:
1. Stop borrowing.
2. Save first.
3. Scale down your budget.
4. Plan for the unexpected.
5. Plan for the expected.
Though I agree with the steps listed in the article, I seriously question the implications. If we truly love what we do every day isn’t the number one obstacle to retirement the fact that we’re even planning for retirement? Stay with me here for a second, I mean if we are truly in the place where God wants us, living passionately and with purpose, why would we want to retire?
The bigger issue is why do some many people want to retire? It’s simply because the majority of people view work as a means to an end. They exchange time for money. They do this for 30 or more years and then wish to have enough money to buy the freedom that money can afford. This is backwards thinking!
Instead of scrimping and saving for a retirement that may never come, shouldn’t we instead live like today could be our last day? A song quickly comes to mind as I write this post. “Live like we’re dying” by Kris Allen, 2009’s American Idol winner.
Kris sums it up:
“Our hearts are hungry for a food that won’t come
And we could make a feast from these crumbs
And we’re all staring down the barrel of a gun
So if your life flashed before you,
What would you wish you would’ve done”
My point is simply this: let’s start living more for today! This doesn’t mean we can ignore prudent strategies such as saying for the future, but we should place far less emphasis on saving for a day that may never come and much more emphasis on finding what God put us on earth to accomplish!
What if we only had one month to live?
Another great resource is One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life by Kerry & Chris Shook. This book helped me tremendously as I contemplated making some huge changes in my life.
It looks at “what if you only had one month to live?” How would you make each day meaningful? How would you relate to others differently? What would you do to make the rest of your life really matter? One Month to Live will challenge you to embrace the life God has entrusted to you and you alone, and to live it out moment by moment with wholehearted authenticity, honesty, and integrity. The four sections, which can be read over four weeks, help you examine the core areas inside you that long to be exercised and expressed: how you’re made to live passionately, love boldly, learn from your mistakes, and leave a legacy that endures for generations after you’re gone.