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Scriptures to Remember when a Midlife Crisis Presents Itself

By Mormon.org
“We must live by faith and not by fear" - Elder Quentin L. Cook Meme

What’s a Midlife Crisis?

Midlife falls somewhere between the ages of 40 and 60. Many changes occur during these years that can be both wonderful and challenging. Your occasional guilt-ridden wish for an empty nest is finally granted (“Wow, the house is really quiet”). Your parents get old and need assistance (“Aren’t they supposed to live forever?”). Your body—oh, your body (“Did Ponce de Leon ever find that fountain of youth?”).

The Line

These years are a time of reflection. What have I done with my life? Am I happy? How am I going to get the most out of the time I’ve got left? These questions can trigger powerful emotions that drive people to make changes—sometimes big ones. This is a time in your life when you must step over the line that divided the first half of your life from the second half. It can be hard. It can be scary. It can also be a rewarding time filled with immense happiness. It’s all up to you.

Gather Your Faith and Leap

When you find yourself reflecting, facing changes, and staring at the line you must inevitably cross, think twice before digging in your heels. You’ve gained a lot of knowledge to be grateful for. They don’t call the latter years “golden” for nothing. Why not muster your faith, take the Lord’s hand, and leap across that line? The second half of your life is limited only by your beliefs. Trust in the Lord. He has provided guidance to fill all parts of your life with joy. Midlife never need be a crisis. The following scriptures may help you leap confidently across that line.

Support from the Scriptures

Remember, you’re never forgotten. The Lord is always waiting to envelop you in His love. He promises, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:18). He also states: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). He is not blind to your troubles. He knows what you’re going through and He loves you. When you seek Him, He will always point the way to happiness. 

Keep a prayer in your heart. “He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer” (Psalm 102:17). No matter what happens, He’s always listening and waiting for opportunities to bless you.

Study Christ’s life, and your love for Him will grow. When you love the Lord, you’ll enjoy the grace of God even in the most challenging of times. “Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity” (Ephesians 6:24).

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