“If the first half of life is all about success” – finding it, achieving it, and making a name for ourselves – “then the second half is about significance,” author Bob Buford states. Do these questions sound familiar: Does my life matter? What’s the purpose of all this success?
The challenge for many facing midlife, is the search for significance. The problem, however, tends to be where we’re looking. When we look for significance in the wrong places, we can wrestle with feelings of disillusionment, emptiness and frustration with where our lives have taken us. The good news is, this “midlife crisis” doesn’t have to end in un-fulfillment and restlessness. Life’s halftime can be an opportunity for self-reflection and reorientation, making life’s second half far better than the first.
So what’s the key to discovering the meaning of life and ultimate significance? It’s a relationship with God. Whether you call yourself a Christian or not, take a moment to reflect on your priorities. Has career or money become the driving force behind your life? Maybe it’s the search for pleasure in the hopes of finding value and meaning. In the end, all of these pursuits will never truly satisfy. It’s only through a relationship with Christ that you will discover true joy, fulfillment and ultimate significance.
If your priorities have gotten out of sync, ask God by His power to re-orient your priorities back to Him. Because the more you look to God for significance, the more you’ll discover just how significant life’s second half can be!