The Power of a Quarter-Life Crisis

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The Quarter-life crisis is real.

Recently, a few of my Christian friends in their twenties had quit their stable job in order to seek out God’s plan for their life. It seems crazy considering the bad shape of the job market right now. But they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Wikipedia defines the Quarter-life crisis as:

…a crisis “involving anxiety over the direction and quality of one’s life” which is most commonly experienced in a period ranging from a person’s twenties up to their mid-thirties.

I like the words “direction and quality of one’s life”. Some holy discontent was stirring in their hearts. Is that all life is about? Even for me, I chose to enter bible school in my late twenties. What’s happening?

My parent’s generation faced the mid-life crisis (in Bob Buford’s book – Half Time). Now it’s getting earlier. My parents could work at a job for 20 to 30 years till retirement. It’s no longer true for the millennials.

We want more.

It’s really encouraging to see young people stepping out of their comfort zone for God. To give up lucrative careers. To leave cozy homes. It’s not about that anymore.

Jesus was right when he said:

Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

Matthew 16:24-26

That’s the paradox of Christianity. We only find life in full Technicolor when we die to the world. It may seem so foolish to the world, but to Jesus, it’s the best decision you could ever make. Because the way of the cross is the way of death.

Death to your ambitions.

Death to your desires.

Death to your self.

Jesus died at the age of 33. It was a short life.

But can we measure the impact of life by its length? Of course not. It’s about a life well lived for Jesus and His kingdom.

Young people today are looking for meaning. Is there something stirring in your heart? That there’s more to life than what you’re doing now? A holy discontent with where your life is headed? If that’s you, it’s not too late to change your life’s direction.

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