What Is a Midlife Crisis?

  • Midlife is considered to be the middle ages in life ranging anywhere from approximately thirty-five to sixty.
  • A midlife crisis is an unstable, crucial time of life during middle age when a person feels the immediate necessity to reevaluate one’s identity, values and goals.
  • A midlife crisis may occur at the time of transitional changes in a person’s life.
  • The resulting change can be negative or positive, depending on the choices that are made.

“Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”

James 1:8

Characteristics of Midlife Crisis


  • Sense of loss
  • Self-pity
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fear of aging
  • Self-doubt
  • Burnout
  • Feeling trapped
  • “Now or never” mentality or sense of urgency

“Hear my prayer, Lord; let my cry for help come to you. Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.”

Psalm 102:1–2


  • Strong desire for change (marriage, job, appearance)
  • Attempts to escape (TV, drugs, travel, sleep)
  • Dressing in a youthful manner
  • Preoccupation with physical body (appearance, health)
  • Vulnerability to sexual attraction outside marriage
  • Personality changes
  • Lack of church attendance and spiritual growth
  • Withdrawal from close relationships
  • Negative outlook on life
  • Seeking to complete unfulfilled goals (education, children, career)

“I said, ‘Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. I would flee far away and stay in the desert; I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.’”

Psalm 55:6–8

Causes of Midlife Crisis

  • Thoughts of one’s own mortality
  • Reassessment of lifelong goals and values
  • Achievement of goals but not finding fulfillment
  • Normal biological and physiological changes
  • Sexual drive (diminishes in the male, increases in the female)
  • Insufficient financial resources
  • Identity misplaced (in a person, a job, or social status)
  • Offspring at difficult age and/or leaving home
  • Narrowing of job opportunities
  • Social emphasis on youth

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

(Ecclesiastes 3:1)





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Grace Filled Words:

“Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”

Galatians 3:2-3

“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”

Jeremiah 17:7

Additional Scriptures: 

Galatians 3:11

Proverbs 16:2

Romans 10:3-4

2 Samuel 11:1–26

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