思想 / 討論題目
你是否已定好退休計畫？你想要何時退休？你要如何使用退休後的時間？ 你對華道．麥克貝尼的故事有何看法？ 繼續工作與退休各有何優缺點？若你還年輕，離退休還有許多年，麥克貝尼先生的例子會如何影響你的看法？ 除了在65歲（或更晚）退休外，你還有其他選擇嗎？若你不留在目前的工作，根據你多年累積的技能與經驗，你還可以從事什麼其他的職業？註：若你有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文，請看：
THE REWARDS OF A VERY LONG CAREER
By: Rick Boxx
We can set numerous goals over the course of our working careers, but for a lot of people, retirement by the age of 65 – or earlier, if possible – seems to be foremost. Of course, with the economy having dealt a devastating blow to the retirement accounts of millions of investors, many prospective retirees have found it necessary to adjust their plans substantially.
Nevertheless, countless business and professional people commence every workday yearning for the day when they can pack up their offices for the final time and begin a life of relative leisure, without having to deal with corporate pressures and daily deadlines. When that appointed moment arrives, many of them will choose activities like golf, gardening, or travel to be the new focal point of their time and energy.
In the process of embarking on a new phase of their lives, however, they leave behind years of wisdom and expertise. That’s why the story of Waldo McBurney of Quinter, Kansas, U.S.A., who became the subject of TV profiles and numerous newspaper articles, seemed so refreshing.
Mr. McBurney was designated America’s oldest worker in 2006 – at the age of 104! His working career had literally spanned the age of horse-drawn buggies to the computer age. His first paying job came at age 13, in 1915, when he guided a team of horses pulling a wheat thrasher; in the 1950s he started a seed-cleaning business, an enterprise he maintained until he was 91 years old.
At that point, however, instead of retiring, he turned his decades-old hobby of beekeeping into another business, selling honey. Finally in 2008 he sold his business, conceding it was time to “slow down.” He died in July, at the age of 106, having compiled a rich and honorable legacy of work.
Apparently, Mr. McBurney did not continue working out of necessity. There were other interests. For instance, he had enjoyed running since childhood, and at 65 took up long-distance running. He even competed in the Senior Olympics, the World Masters and other competitions, winning 10 gold medals in track and field events. He continued to participate in running events until 2004, when he wrote his autobiography, My First 100 Years: A Look Back from the Finish Line.
Mr. McBurney did not live a lavish lifestyle, usually walking the few blocks from his home to his downtown office. He would have had sufficient funds to retire comfortably, but he saw value in work and gained great enjoyment from his vocational pursuits. Relaxing in a rocking chair, spending the day puttering around in a garden, or taking quiet strolls through a park apparently held little appeal for him.
King Solomon, reputed to be the wisest man in the history of the world, could have been referring to Mr. McBurney when he wrote in Ecclesiastes 5:19-20, "Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work – this is a gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart."
Using your God-given abilities and talents in a vocation you enjoy can fill your heart with gladness far beyond the “traditional” retirement age of 65. Resolve not to miss out on God’s best for your later years.
Copyright 2009, Integrity Resource Center, Inc. Adapted with permission from "Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx," a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective.
1. Have you formulated any retirement plans yet? When do you intend to retire – and how do you expect to use your time after that?
2. What is your reaction to the story of Waldo McBurney?
3. How would you compare the pros and cons of working and retiring? If you are young and still many years from retirement, how might the example of Mr. McBurney influence your thinking?
4. What alternatives might you have to retiring at age 65 – or perhaps later than that? Even if you do not remain in your current job, what other vocational pursuits might you consider that would utilize the abilities you have, along with the skills and experience you have acquired through the years?
NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages:
Numbers 8:23-26; Proverbs 10:4, 12:24, 18:9; Ecclesiastes 11:6, 12:13-14; 2 Timothy 2:20-21