Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Long, Dull, Monotonous Years Of Middle Age

"The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil."  C.S. Lewis,  The Screwtape Letters
When we reach middle age, there is a tendency to become very dissatisfied. If we have been relatively successful, we ask ourselves, "Is this all there is?"  If we have been relatively unsuccessful, we become disenchanted or disillusioned.  Either way, middle age is prime ground for spiritual warfare.  

When we are young  there are several attributes that can insulate us from dissatisfaction.  Obviously, it seems like time is on our side.  We have not been beat down by life; we have not learned to distrust people. All in all, our dreams are still intact.

Life has a way of destroying dreams.  When we are young we tend to still have grand dreams.  

Yet, God is calling you to dream again, no matter your age, no matter your circumstance in life.  He is a God who redeems and heals the broken hearts. If we truly give our lives to Him, He will take us places far beyond what we could hope or dream, no matter where you are or where you have been.  Life does not have to be monotonous, or dull.  A God-given dream will restore the joys of childhood, the ability to trust again, to have hope in  bright future.

That is my prayer for you, especially if you are stuck in doldrums of middle-age.


  1. After turning 40 yesterday, I realize it doesn't feel much different than 3-5-7 days ago. I've been told "it's just a number," but I've had a hard time wrapping my head around that idea. But, God does always have a plan to prosper us and make us better. The Isrealites had to endure 40 years in the wilderness before He took them into the Promised Land. He often does things that are unexpected even when we're expecting something else. He is our Father and wants to give us good gifts when we are obedient and have our eyes open even when we screw up, too. I am NOW looking forward to the future and not going to dwell on the dread of the number alone. Thanks for the reminder.