While I was in Grad School working on my Masters in Divinity at Oklahoma Christian, one of my professors had me teach a two part class to his Christian Family undergrad class. I titled the class "Identity Crisis in the Adolescent and Mid Life Stages." Think about it... While your teenager is trying to figure out who they are, what their identity is, the parent is most likely going through their midlife crisis, trying to figure out how they got where they are and why life isn't better. What you end up with is a household of people who have no idea who they are, who each other is, and cannot figure out why everyone else in the house is crazy.
"Midlife Crisis" occurs when one reaches their middle age of life and realizes a few things about their life: they aren't as far along in their job as they had hoped, their body isn't as young as it used to be, their kids are as "good" as they thought they would turn out, or just the reality that their children have left the house and the parent is "no longer needed," the reality of their mortality becomes more apparent, etc. In short, when the core of who you are is seeded in your work, your physicality, your position as parent, or anything else, you will find that your grasp on your identity wanes and you go into crisis.
When your identity is centered on Christ and Christ alone, your sense of self will never come into question. This message permeates the New Testament. 1 Peter is all about where your citizenship is. Ephesians is about about your identity in the Family of God. The Gospels constantly show Jesus challenging the establishments of His day. Take a moment to read Romans 6:1-11 and reflect on what it means to "be raised with Christ" in the resurrection. What does it mean to be raised to New Life? As we go through The Story this year together, look for the continual narrative of God reminding His people of the rest that they find in His presence. When you rest in the solid foundation of your identity as God's People, you will have peace! Anything else you chase after is meaningless!
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”