We have choices in the second half of life. We can choose to live a life of meaning and purpose – or not. As they say, not to decide is to decide. That means that if we don’t choose to live a life that matters, we are actually choosing to live a life that doesn’t. Rowanne Haley helps us get a handle on structure, purpose and meaning, and she shares the “Five Pillars” that will help us be passionate and productive in the second half of life.
By the time we get into the second half of life, we have all experienced loss of various kinds. Loss of a loved one, loss of a marriage, a job, a friend, a prized possession, a relationship, a business, a dream, a beloved pet. . . . any of these can have a serious impact on our life. How we respond to each loss will have a powerful shaping influence on how we live the rest of our lives. Here are some helps for finding hope and happiness through times of loss.
As we get older there’s a natural tendency to want to slow down a bit and unplug from the hectic busy-ness of life. But wait! Many have discovered that it’s in the second half that we actually have the most fulfilling and fruitful days of our lives. Sure, we need to evaluate our activities and commitments, but we can make different choices and invest our time and energy into the things that really matter. Jim Ramos helps us with some great insights.
Pastors would love to be closer to their members, but find it difficult to do. Everyone is so busy and stressed . . . but, that’s the point. Group time away can give great opportunities to share life together and grow in their relationships. Pastor can teach Bible studies or topical lessons on leadership, marriage, ministry principles, prayer, or whatever would be enriching for the group together. Or they just hang out and have a good time. Here are some ideas to consider.
So, you take two imperfect people and put them together; what could possibly go wrong? As it turns out, lots! The two people are both, by nature, self-centered. Each wants their needs met by the other, and when they aren’t . . . there’s trouble. But there are ways to build a happy, fulfilling marriage. It’s not rocket science, but it is challenging. Here are some powerful insights. What Gil and Brenda share are critical components that are not obvious, but they’re also not optional.