Today I want to wrap up my thoughts and insight about this mysterious midlife stage in our lives. We hear so many different opinions about this chapter of our lives. The world tells us that it's just "normal" to feel out of sorts because you have to "find yourself". While I do believe that this stage of our lives can be very revealing about who we REALLY are, saying that it gives us a license to "flip out", for lack of better word, is Hogwash! I, by no means, claim to have all the answers on this infamous midlife stage; however, I have a God that does!
Although many physical changes are occurring during Midlife, I am getting more and more convinced that the Midlife Battle is more a spiritual one. We may very well need medications or hormones to help during this time. On the other hand, I don't believe medications will fix it all. I believe the Creator of the Universe, the One that created us, can help us walk this difficult journey. For most of us, we are transitioning out of the "full time" parent position to the "friend-parent" position. We talked about true surrender last week and how freeing it can be. (To read last week's post, click HERE ) I think everyone could agree that there is a battle happening at this stage; it could be a small one or a huge one. I am not sure what you may be experiencing during this shift of life. I have heard that when someone is journeying through midlife they often don't act their age; they either act younger than they are, or they act older than they are. Now, I think we have all seen someone in their mid-40's dressing and acting like a someone half their age. Furthermore, there is no doubt that you have most likely seen someone in their mid-40's acting like they are 65 already. They focus on how bad they feel and they seem to succumb to the idea their life is almost over. With Christ, we don't have to act either way. We can enjoy the age we are with all the gifts that come along with it. True, our lives are not like they use to be. On the other hand, God has prepared us for this stage and He hasn't left us alone to flounder and figure it out. Press into God. Seek Him with your whole heart and stay in His Word. His Spirit alone can fill the emptiness this change may bring. Seek out other Christians that may need encouragement too. If you feel you just can't adjust or move past this place, you may want to visit with your Pastor, a trusted Christian friend, or your doctor.
God doesn't want us to stall out at this place in our life! He wants us to have life and have it abundantly! In John 10:10, Jesus says, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." I want to encourage you today to count your blessings. Instead of looking back and pining away for what use to be, look ahead with excitement for God's plans for the second half of your life.
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AND HE HAS SAID TO ME, "MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU, FOR MY POWER IS PERFECTED IN WEAKNESS." MOST GLADLY, THEREFORE, I WILL RATHER BOAST ABOUT MY WEAKNESSES, SO THAT THE POWER OF CHRIST MAY DWELL IN ME.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NASB)