People are constantly searching for the reason of their existence and while some people find it, others don’t. This is the reason why there are countless of middle aged Christians who end up having crisis when they get older. People struggle to make a name for themselves when they are younger and, as soon as they reach midlife, they want to reaffirm the goals that they have set for themselves when they are still younger.
Their goals can be for their careers, families and personal achievements. Apparently, a lot of people make a lot of goals but the more they make it, the more disappointed they become with their lives. If their goals are not met, it is easy for middle aged Christians to doubt about themselves. The proverbial question “Whose life am I living?” is frequently asked and they start to doubt themselves as well as God’s plans for them. Although this is human nature, failure to acknowledge the problem can lead to grave consequences that can affect an individual as a whole.
It is common to see people suffering from depression, obsession and addiction when they reach midlife. These are some of the things that middle aged Christians do in order to avert themselves from their real emotions. Unfortunately, these diversions will not make the problem go away but will only intensify it and, as a result, midlife crisis sets in and a particular individual will find it difficult to get out from their own emotional trap.
The Bible says a lot about midlife crisis and getting old. Growing old, disappointments and the uncertainty of human life is part of the complexity of being human. Instead of worrying, middle aged Christians should just cast their worries aside and believe that, despite their age, God is yet to unravel His special mission. In Philippians 4:7(NIV), “God is concerned about everything that happens to us. No worry is too big or too small for His attention. When we give God our problems, He promises to give us the peace which transcends all understanding”. So if you worry about what your life might become when you get older, all you need to do is to pray to Him and He will definitely provide the answers that you need.
Growing old is something that you should not fear of. Proverbs 16:31 (NIV) says that “Gray-headedness is a crown of beauty when it is found in the way of righteousness.” Thus, growing old means, you will have more wisdom to accept things as they are. Acceptance and contentment with what you currently have is very important for you to be able to find peace in middle age. With the help of God’s grace, you will be able to finally realize God’s plans for you even if you have not really achieved most of your personal goals. Lastly, you need to raise all of your worries to God and embrace your Christian spirituality so that you will be able to have a meaningful and worry-free midlife.