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People in their 40s and 50s often experience a midlife crisis. They may become apathetic in work, and dread getting up in the morning; life may seem purposeless; their plans may not be working as they expected; they may get jealous of others; be successful but not satisfied; confused or unclear about their future. As Joshua aged, he was concerned that the coming generation might have a midlife crisis. He urged them not to lose sight of their purpose and mission in God’s program. So we read this in Joshua CH 23: [He] called together all the elders, leaders, judges, and officers of Israel. He said to them, “I am now a very old man. You have seen everything the LORD your God has done for you during my lifetime.” He then rehearses how God had delivered them from Egyptian slavery, sustained them through the wilderness and brought them into the Promised Land. He told them there was still work to be done to receive all God had for them. And if they were faithful in obeying Him, God would give them all He had promised. Today, when we begin to lose our focus, we should revisit our purpose, which for followers of Christ has its roots and inspiration in our Lord Jesus, His Kingdom, and His agenda.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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