Midlife is a dangerous time for the self-image, because it can be smashed by many different negative events. This can also be a positive time for the self-image, because it gives the person an opportunity to grow. Midlife is something like the time when the lobster must shed its shell in order to grow larger. For a time after it has shed its shell it is naked and vulnerable, it is in danger from a number of predators of the sea. But without shedding the shell, it cannot grow any larger.
So it is at midlife. You are shedding the old shell, the old constraints, and the old limited self-image. You are now becoming a different person. Yes, you are vulnerable now. You may experience damage to your self-image. But God is there and says, "I will not abandon you or fail to help you" (Joshua 1:5b).
"For because of our faith, he has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be" (Romans 5:1-2).
Conway / Farrel Articles ~ Reprint by permission only, ©2011
Midlife Dimensions ~www.Midlife.com
The Conways and Farrels are international speakers and popular authors.
Midlife Dimensions is a ministry founded by the Conways and continued by the Farrels.