If you are going through a midlife crisis, you are one in four persons experiencing it, according to a poll conducted by the National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS).
Whatever it is that brought about the midlife crisis, you are likely to want to make a radical change in some area in your life. I remember reading in the Straits Times many years ago about the changes people experiencing midlife crises make in their lives. The 3 most radical changes were:
#3. Change of vocation
#2. Change of country of residence
#1. Change of spouse
I pray that #1 will never be a consideration amongst members of the household of God!
For the Christ-follower, I believe the Lord leads a number of us through midlife crises to get us to rethink how we’ve lived so far and to make necessary life-changes so that the final half of our lives is the finer half. The first half being a time of preparation for the final half when we will do our most significant work and fulfill God’s destiny for our lives.
It is about finishing well so that we can echo these words at the end of our lives: “It is finished!” (what Jesus said when He completed the work His Father had sent Him to do) or “I’ve fought the good fight, I’ve run the race, I’ve kept the faith” (what the great Apostle Paul said near the end of his life).
When we fulfill God‘s destiny for our lives, we get the greatest satisfaction. What’s even better than that is that God gets the greatest glory! I agree with John Piper who said, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” This is what our existence on this earth is all about – to give God the greatest glory!
With this in mind, the way we should handle our midlife crisis is therefore to make much time to seek the Lord, meditate on His Word, wait upon Him to hear from Him what He has in store for us.
Unlike non-believers, we don’t make radical midlife changes so that we have more fun and excitement, but we make changes to our lives so that God is more glorified in our lives as we fulfill His destiny for our lives.
So dear friends, if you’re currently going through a midlife crisis, know that the Lord has great plans for you and if you seek Him with all your heart, you will indeed find Him.
Jer.29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.