The middle of life is supposed to be a great time for men. Their marriages are doing well. Their children have launched, or are ready to go. Their careers are rolling, and the future looks bright.
Or maybe it doesn’t.
Maybe you’ve hit mid-life, and your marriage isn’t what you thought it would be. Maybe your children are struggling to launch. And your career is … sigh … fine.
If your life hasn’t slipped into a comfortable rhythm, we have encouragement for you today on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Avoiding a Midlife Crisis.”
Mid-life is a transition point, but it doesn’t have to be a crisis. You don’t need to overreact, you need a plan – a plan to be the person God is calling you to be and to address the issues that could prevent you from getting there.
Our guest is Stephen Arterburn. He’s a radio host and the author of the book 6 Ways for Men to Thrive in Middle Life. He comes alongside men to help them develop a plan that will enable midlife to become the most exciting time of their lives.
He discusses four critical things men should do:
- Re-evaluate. A reflective life is a sign of a mature man. Reflect on what has gone well, and what hasn’t.
- Recalculate. Ask, “If I stay with what I’m doing now, where am I going to end up? What happens if I change my trajectory?”
- Remember. Remember what God called you to do. Remember what excited you about life when you were younger.
- Re-instill. Re-instill your life with some new dreams.
How do you know that you’re headed for a midlife crisis? How do you get a new mission? How does a father relate to his children, and a husband to his wife, in this moment of midlife transition?
I’d like to offer you a copy of Stephen Arterburn’s book 6 Ways for Men to Thrive in Middle Life for a gift of any amount. Visit our website for more information. If you can’t afford it, we’ll find a way to get it to you.