Mid-life, that’s kind of a scary term, isn’t it? For many people, it doesn’t feel like the middle of anything. It feels more like the end. The end of youth, the end of youthful dreams. Youth is king in our culture, and the media would tell you that youth, good looks and money are everything. Many of us are reaching middle age and finding that our lives didn’t turn out quite like we planned. There’s a kind of melancholy feeling that goes with that. A sense of loss. Some people even feel sadness. There is often a time of assessment and re-evaluation, looking at where life has taken a different direction than expected, planned, or even dreamed of. Some people call this a “midlife crisis”. I disagree. If it is handled properly, this can be a very healthy process and a chance to set new goals or recover old dreams. It can be a mid-course correction, pointing you toward the destination you want to reach in this time of life. It’s a time to jump start your heart and step into a more joyful and adventurous way of living.
I believe that God wants us to live this life as passionately and joyfully as we possibly can, from start to finish. I don’t know about you, but I’m planning to finish strong and live every minute to the fullest. I believe a life fully lived honors God and gives him joy in seeing his children enjoying the life he has given them.
So, I would encourage all of you mid-lifers, like me, do not despair. There is plenty of life left to live, and a whole lot of joy, love, purpose, and satisfaction left to experience. If you would like to learn more about living a full and abundant life, and how mid-life can be a launching pad for a fruitful and passionate second half, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org