Today I’m beginning a 31-day series entitled “Midlife with Purpose: Set Apart, Not Set Aside.” Each day during October I’ll be sharing a few thoughts or quotes from books I’m reading on the topic of midlife. You’ll find the introduction to the series on my web page Midlife with Purpose: 31-Day Series.
Do you agree — would you want to be younger? Does wisdom come with age?
Lately I’ve been listening to the song “100 Years” by Five for Fighting, which seems to be written as the thoughts of an older man talking to both his 15-year-old self and other youth in general. Each stage in life is marked with a phrase, such as “Half time goes by, Suddenly you’re wise.”
Half-time in life did seem to come suddenly once I arrived there, yet wisdom did not. It is coming with instruction, experience and humility.
This morning I was reading in The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language:
Sometimes our humble hearts can help us more than our proud minds … knowing isn’t everything. If it becomes everything, some people end up as know-it-alls who treat others as know-nothings. Real knowledge isn’t that insensitive (1 Corinthians 8:2, 7 MSG).
That is precisely the sentiment author Lysa TerKeurst shared in Chapter 9 of Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely.
To be set apart is to be given an assignment that requires preparation. Anything that infuses us with humility is good. The Bible reminds us that on the other side of humility we find wisdom. – Lysa TerKeurst
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2 ESV).
This is what I’ll be exploring during October: How can God use the first half of our life to prepare us for his purposes in the second life?
Please read the introduction to this series if you haven’t yet and join me in this odyssey through midlife.