Mid-Life Can Be Unsettling

January 30, 2011

“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians

Mid-life has come to millions of Baby Boomers and the thought of over 70 million Boomers in a mid-life crisis can unsettle even the most stable person. Mid-life is often a time when hard-driving adults begin to grow weary of all their responsibilities. In fact, they can feel trapped. Boredom may kick in with realized goals, and depression may set in from goals that have not been realized and never will be. Bob Buford calls this stage of life “halftime.” At halftime, the team regroups and catches its breath to go out and do better in the second half. He argues that a key for doing well in the second half of life is shifting our focus from success to significance.

Here are two keys to lasting significance:
1. Meaningful relationships – first with God, then Christ, then with your fellow man. Mid-life is a key time to get those things right before the second half begins. If you’re at the midpoint of your life, I hope you’ll take the time to assess and adjust.
2. Using your gifts, talents and time to your best for the glory of God versus the glory of self. Then, the second half can be better than the first.