Have You Been Dis-illusioned?

I just turned forty-eight years old, and I get the idea of a mid-life crisis in a way I did not in my twenties or thirties. I walk with many brothers and sisters in Christ experiencing mid-life crises as well. Many believers have them, but we may miss it since most of us remain disciplined enough not to buy a sexy new sports car or have an affair.
 
Putting away stereotypes of acting out a mid-life crisis, it is valuable for us to consider what happens in mid-life to believers, why we might have a crisis of belief about our life, our person, or our God, and how God Himself meets us in it.
 
The timing varies person to person, but I think of mid-life as the stage of life when our naïvete wears off, and we become disillusioned.
Disillusion—to free or deprive of illusion.*
Disillusion—to destroy the false but pleasant beliefs (held by a person).**
Those definitions gut me, because that is exactly what happens to many of us in our thirties and forties. It certainly happened to me. I have watched many others struggle as their idea of the good Christian life crumbled before the reality of the life they truly faced. …
Finish this post at Read Your Story, the blog of Christy Rood. There is hope after disillusionment!

 

3 Responses to Have You Been Dis-illusioned?

  1. Anita April 5, 2018 at 11:57 am #

    Would you equate dis-illusionment with false expectations?

    I expected to have more purpose in my life and it seems as though everything that has happened has been so random with little purpose. I now see time slipping away with no way to recover any of those moments and make them more meaningful or purposeful. My frustration increases as the number of days left continue to dwindle – and what have I done with them?

    • Wendy April 5, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

      Yes. I think false expectations are the illusions, and we are reaching a stage where those illusions are being dismantled by our reality.

  2. David J. April 6, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

    “But, like the disciples in John 6:68, where else would I go?” That was exactly my thought on my worst days after my unwanted mid-life divorce. Life at that time sucked, but I couldn’t get past the knowledge that there was nowhere else to go that offered more (actually, any) hope. Thank God.