I noticed on the news last night an item about how busy the financial institutions were yesterday. It was the final day for contributions to your RRSP's to get a tax deduction for 2012. I have to admit that I don't do any last-minute contributions. as it is much easier to contribute on a regular basis throughout the year.
However, as I think about the emphasis many people put on building retirement savings, I am also conscious of the fleeting nature of wealth. In fact, I have often said there is no such thing as "financial security." We can spend a lifetime putting away money in order to be financially set for retirement, but market changes can make it all disappear very quickly.
Jesus said, "Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." (Matthew 6:31-34)
Yes there is a place for saving and preparing for the future, but ultimately our hope and security has to be centered on God and His faithful provision.
Gordon Rowland has been a Missionary-Pastor with Village Missions of Canada for over 35 years. Gordon and his wife Val have lived and served in Clive since 2001. They have four children and nine wonderful grandchildren.