DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I retired last year, and at first I really enjoyed not having to work. But now I'm bored to death, and I know my wife wishes she could get me out of the house. Was I wrong to retire? Did people in the Bible retire when they reached a certain age? —K.R.
Dear K.R.: Some people in the Bible did retire at a certain age; the Levites (who assisted in the Temple ceremonies) had to retire at the age of 50 (see Numbers 8:25). Farmers and other laborers, however, apparently worked as long as they could.
It wasn't necessarily wrong for you to retire — but what was wrong was failing to plan how you'd spend your retirement. God also wants to use you to help others, now that you have the time. Don't live just for yourself during these years; you'll keep getting bored. The Bible says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord" (Colossians 3:23).