Older people have been accused of trading heaven for retirement. Not always so. Its great to see the exceptions. I have met many retired couples that are traveling around the world to assist what God is doing.
Frank Dietz is an old guy of retirement age that isnt going quietly. I met him about 18 years ago with Operation Mobilization. He has some good thoughts on retirement that i found on an Indian emerging church site called Mahalife.com that gets a huge amount of hits from young people around India.
Frank: "Now after 44 years being involved in preaching and when I came back to my own culture and faced with my peers about retirement I thought for a time that perhaps I made mistake. You see I had done nothing about retirement, I thought.
When I brought it to the Lord He showed me that retirement (worldly sense, not the Biblical worldview sense) was when you could stop doing what you did not like to do and start doing what you wanted. What happened to me was that when I surrendered to the Lord and let Him direct my life and my vocation I am already doing what I want and will keep on doing until the Lord calls me home. So in one sense I am already retired. O, yes, I might have to change certain things, slow down a bit, but still pursuing the same thing that I have been for the last 44 years.
A Biblical worldview makes us realize that we only have one life and only so much time and it goes fast. And so we want to choose wisely." (Frank Dietz)