Have you ever heard someone talk about how they are just hanging in there until they can retire or get another job? I don’t want to be too difficult on someone like that. I don’t know their story. I don’t know what they have gone through. I don’t know what they have put up with in their life and their job. I’m willing to bet they have worked long and hard and are just plain and simple tired. They are probably tired of the rhetoric. They are probably tired of the hypocrisy. They are probably tired of their boss and their boss’s crappy management style and personality. They are probably tired of crappy customers and/or coworkers who were abusive or degrading. They are probably tired of all the meetings. They are probably tired of the distractions that kept them away from just doing their job.
People who are waiting to retire or get another job show up, and do what they have to – sometimes it’s just the minimum. They do what will allow them to keep their job. They do their job, or what they can and leave their job at work. They aren’t interested in saying anything about the company they work for outside of work. They don’t have anything much to say about the company they work for – often it’s best to not say anything at all. Just wait it out.
When asking someone who is waiting to retire or get another job what they do and where they work, they will tell people, but not give much details. They show up, get paid, do some work. They are waiting to retire or get another job. Waiting to retire is different from someone who is looking forward to retiring. Waiting to retire is just hanging in there and hoping that life can begin once they leave. Looking forward to retiring is recognizing that life is going on now, even in the work that you do and that when you retire you’ll have even more opportunity to live fully, just in a different way.
How many Christians in the church are waiting to retire? Not from their job or employment – but from having to follow Jesus? Especially when Jesus calls on us to do something uncomfortable or inconvenient?
Are you a Christian who is waiting to retire from active discipleship so that life can begin?