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

Jeremiah 17:7

What Is a Midlife Crisis?

What Are Characteristics of Midlife Crisis?

What Are Causes of 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. 


Midlife Crisis Checklist

  • I feel trapped in my circumstances.
  • I wish I could disappear.
  • I feel I am getting old too fast.
  • I feel I’ve never had the chance to do what.
  • I really wanted to do.
  • I regret past decisions.
  • I feel like a failure.
  • I don’t feel I’m really needed. 
  • I feel unappreciated.
  • I don’t have any real purpose for living.
  • I have grown spiritually numb to the Lord and the church.
  • I daydream and fantasize.
  • I find myself shirking my responsibilities.
  • I have little interest in sex with my spouse.
  • I am easily angered.
  • I mistrust the motives of those close to me.
  • I feel that now is my last chance for happiness. 

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

(James 1:8)


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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
  • Traumatic illness or death of parents, family, or close friends
  • 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)


Move from Crisis to Christ

  • Who am I? (1 John 3:1)
  • What is my purpose in life? (Romans 12:1–2)
  • To whom do I really want to give myself? (Matthew 22:37–39)
  • What do I want to do for the rest of my life? (Psalm 40:8)
  • Where does God fit into my life? (Psalm 23:1–6)
  • What does God do with my wrong choices? (Lamentations 3:22–23)
  • Where does my hope ultimately lie? (Psalm 62:5–8)


Model a Positive Midlife Message

  • I will regard midlife as different, not inferior. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
  • I will realize the advantages of aging. (Job 12:12)
  • I will accept the physical changes that are happening to me.(Isaiah 40:31)
  • I will evaluate my life purpose. (Colossians 1:10)
  • I will set goals for new challenges. (Isaiah 32:8)
  • I will aim for sincere love in my relationships. (1 Corinthians 13:4–7)
  • I will focus on creatively communicating love to others. (John 13:34)
  • I will determine to make the most of the time God gives me.(Psalm 90:12)
  • I will listen for God’s direction in my life. (Proverbs 16:9)
  • I will recognize God’s presence in my life. (Colossians 1:27)


Key Verses to Learn

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

(Jeremiah 17:7)

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

(Isaiah 43:2)


Key Passage to Read

2 Samuel 11:1–26




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