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Pastor Susan's Notes

When I saw an article by Esther Stansfield called: How Can the Church Turn Mid-life Spiritual Crisis into an Opportunity? I found myself drawn to it. What is this mid-life Spiritual Crisis? And how many of us are walking around with it?!

Stansfield wrote: A spiritual mid-life crisis is described by some as a gnawing sense of discrepancy between the vision of who we felt called to be and the reality of who we have become. It can come from taking stock of our spiritual life and experiencing feelings of failure, dissatisfaction, lost opportunities or diminished options.

Losing one’s focus on why our faith is important, or feeling like we’re “off the path,” can make our soul restless. What’s a believer to do? My reflections from the article:

*Invite God back into your life! Seek Jesus. Everyday.

*Shift priorities (your activities and your schedule) to make time for matters of faith. Find time to reflect on what can be different. Release yourself from society’s idea of what is ‘best.’ And I have suggested before to listen to a Christian radio station to be surrounded by positive and encouraging words and music. It does alter the way we perceive the world.

*Step out of your comfort zone (Stansfield calls it ‘complacency’) to find ways to be involved at church. There are mission opportunities, learning opportunities, and volunteer opportunities; where do you want to offer your time and energy for the benefit of Christ’s church, when Christ has ‘been there’ for you? See the newsletter for some of these opportunities!

*Plainly ~ be at church with others - who are also on their faith journey - to help you know you are not alone in this season of your life.

Mid-life Spiritual crisis? Complacent with the way things are? May we be open to hear the Still Speaking God AND who we are becoming.

Pastor Susan

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