Sit Back - Take It Easy!
16 Then [Jesus] gave an illustration: "A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops.
17 In fact, his barns were full to overflowing-he couldn’t get everything in. He thought about his problem,
18 and finally exclaimed, 'I know - I'll tear down my barns and build bigger ones! Then I'll have room enough.
19 And I'll sit back and say to myself,
"Friend, you have enough stored away for years to come.
Now take it easy! Eat, drink and be merry!"'
20 "But God said to him, 'Fool! Tonight you die. Then who will get it all?'
21 "Yes, every man is a fool who gets rich on earth but not in heaven."
(The Living Bible)
The impression we are given is that this man is looking back over a long and successful career. He believes it is time to retire, now that he has got this big windfall.
He feels he has earned the right to sit back, take it easy and enjoy life without working so hard.
In a sense he is right. But in another sense he is declaring the end of his own life!
It is not often possible to work as hard at age 50, as it was at age 25. But when we decide to stop being active and just take life easy, we are wasting some of the most productive years of our life.
Retirement is not time to sit back, take it easy and just enjoy life.
What we really need then is a change of career.
We need to find a way of giving back productively from all the years of experience of life we have acquired.
To do this successfully, we need the wisdom of God and the direction of God, because otherwise, in our effort to give back, we will be perceived as pushy, meddlesome and minding other people's business.
So, to change career successfully, we need to spend time in prayer - especially if we didn't make enough time for prayer earlier in our life. We need to look around perceptively at those who are close to us.
When we sense they are going off course, we need to learn to pray more than we pry.
This kind of prayer is a contribution to the well-being of those we love which may not acknowledged by anyone except our Father in heaven who hears our entreaties and rewards us fully.
However, the contribution of prayer like this will stand our loved ones in good stead for today and for generations to come.
Consider these words of the Psalmist:
12 But the godly shall flourish like palm trees and grow tall as the cedars of Lebanon.
13 For they are transplanted into the Lord’s own garden and are under his personal care.
14 Even in old age they will still produce fruit and be vital and green.
15 This honors the Lord and exhibits his faithful care.
He is my shelter. There is nothing but goodness in him!
(The Living Bible)
Father in heaven, help me as I plan, to see my latter years as years of great usefulness to those whom I love.
Make me a positive influence and a great blessing to my family no matter what my age,
in Jesus' mighty name, Amen.