Excerpt From The Interview
“I think it’s really critical for us as believers as we begin to think about retirement and coming to the end of our earthly lives, to carefully define what our priorities are. And our priorities move from being comfortable and happy to that God is glorified in all that we do and think and say. And if we can make that our priority, we’ve become much more able to make wise decisions.
I think first we open up our hearts to the Lord, and ask Him to show us what our priorities should be. I love the story of Mary and Martha, you know, Mary and Martha both loved the Lord deeply. Jesus came to have dinner with them and Martha fixed what was a delicious, tasty, maybe even nutritious dinner to give to Jesus. Jesus was outside the house teaching and Mary just sat, listening to what Jesus had to say. Martha then started to complain and said, look, Mary has left me to do all the work and Jesus’ response was she has chosen to do what is best, to just enjoy and relish time with the Lord.
I think that should speak to us, particularly as we look at retirement. It may not all be just to get many things accomplished. It may just be the pleasure of sitting at Jesus’ feet and enjoying Him.”
About Dr. John Dunlop
Dr. John Dunlop (MD, Johns Hopkins University) practiced geriatric medicine for thirty-eight years . He also taught in the bioethics program at Trinity International University. He now lives in New Haven, Connecticut, where he taught at the Yale School of Medicine. Dunlop is the author of Finishing Well to the Glory of God; Wellness for the Glory of God; and Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia.
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