Retirement: passive or active?

Shall I retire? Must I retire? When shall I retire—and to what? Such questions face many longtime employees today. Some, who have already retired, are entirely happy. Others find retirement boring or stressful. Some may feel a loss of identity. And, of course, many need additional income, or dislike freedom from obligation and crave satisfying activity.

Current efforts to alter or to completely do away with compulsory retirement laws and practices can, perhaps, be seen as tangible response to the divine fact that God's man—His very image—is eternally active and purposeful.

There is no work stoppage or life stoppage in God's infinite and eternal domain. Man is inseparable from God, and there is no law or event that can foil or terminate spiritual unity. This truth is a divinely influential law in our lives—the truth that is present to thwart mortal beliefs of cessation either of one's useful activity or of his life.

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A rule for business
March 24, 1980

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