Midlife – A New Season

Posted on April 6, 2013 · Posted in Midlife, Worldview

Our God is the author of new seasons. He is the giver of you seeds, new roots, and new fruit. He causes fruits and flowers to grow where weeds and thorns once were. He is the God of the new harvest.

 

In midlife God calls you to turn from mourning over your previous harvest to planting new and better seeds.  Maybe you mourn about the harvest of your parenting. Plant new seeds. Maybe that means working to restore distant or broken relationships with your adult children. Or it could mean being a wise and godly grandparent, sowing spiritual seeds the souls of the next generation. Perhaps you mourn that your life was controlled by your career. Take advantage of the time and economic freedom that midlife affords and plant new seeds. Perhaps you mourn the fact that you did not study Scriptures more diligently in your youth. There are many opportunities to increase your knowledge of God’s word and your potential for ministry. Perhaps you mourn over a selfish life, where all you earned was spent of a more comfortable life for you. Commit to finding specific ways that you can give and serve. Ask yourself: which of my gifts, experiences, resources, and wisdom can I use to serve others? 

 

As you assess your harvest, live with a ‘new seasons’ mentality. The final chapter has not been written. Take advantage of the new season that God has given you and step out and plant new seeds

 

Paul David Tripp

Lost in the Middle

Our God is the author of new seasons. He is the giver of you seeds, new roots, and new fruit. He causes fruits and flowers to grow where weeds and thorns once were. He is the God of the new harvest.
In midlife God calls you to turn from mourning over your previous harvest to planting new and better seeds.  Maybe you mourn about the harvest of your parenting. Plant new seeds. Maybe that means working to restore distant or broken relationships with your adult children. Or it could mean being a wise and godly grandparent, sowing spiritual seeds the souls of the next generation. Perhaps you mourn that your life was controlled by your career. Take advantage of the time and economic freedom that midlife affords and plant new seeds. Perhaps you mourn the fact that you did not study Scriptures more diligently in your youth. There are many opportunities to increase your knowledge of God’s word and your potential for ministry. Perhaps you mourn over a selfish life, where all you earned was spent of a more comfortable life for you. Commit to finding specific ways that you can give and serve. Ask yourself: which of my gifts, experiences, resources, and wisdom can I use to serve others? 
As you assess your harvest, live with a ‘new seasons’ mentality. The final chapter has not been written. Take advantage of the new season that God has given you and step out and plant new seeds
Paul David TrippLost in the Middle

 
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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.