by John McKain

Over the Hill or Half-Way Up the Mountain?
John McKain
Ecclesiastes 1:2-11

Middle age creeps in quietly, like a thief in the night. You may even hear it's muffled step, but you ignore it. You know for example, that twinge of pain you feel in your left shoulder is simply a muscle strain that will quickly disappear if you stop playing golf for a few weeks. So you stop playing golf for a few weeks but the pain is still there. You go to your friendly family physician and he uses words like, "calcium spur", or "arthritic condition", or "bursitis" and you begin to wonder if your body is wearing out.

Perhaps the sign that you are entering into midlife is that your hair is much greyer than it used to be and there is an elliptical bare spot at the back of your head where the roots are simply not holding anymore.

A significant sign of midlife is when you begin examining your life and your idealistic goals are adjusted to realistic goals. You see, in addition to the physical changes that mark midlife, middle age is a time when we have to cope with unfulfilled dreams about our life. Most of people in midlife are discovering that they are not going to become president of some university, or chairman of some board. They are not going to become millionaires, drive a Porsche, or own a mansion. There business is not going to grow to a national franchise, or their farm is not going to double in size, or be the top producer in the state.

In fact, a lot of middle aged people feel trapped in their vocation. Dale Tarnowieski, in a survey entitled, "The Changing Success Ethic," says, "An alarming 40% of all surveyed middle managers and 52% of the reporting supervisory managers say they find their work, at best, unsatisfying. Among blue collar workers, the percentage jumps to 62%."

Midlife can be devastating on the home. Many people experience an unhappy marriage during this time. They decide the way to become happy again is to get out of their marriage and find s ...

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