Keeping Perspective in Life

Fred Wilgenburg

READ : Philippians1:20-24

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (v. 21)

Psychologist Elliot Jacques coined the term “midlife crisis.” As I reach my own middle years and think of the many elderly people I know and love who have died, I could easily become a “crisis” if I don’t remind myself of what I know to be true.

It is important to keep perspective on life. I admit that I suffer from an “accomplishment-complex.” I ask myself, “Does what I do matter?” In the big-picture view of thousands of years of human existence, billions of lives lived, and an amazingly huge God working out his eternal plan, does what I do matter? Sometimes my feelings and my mind don’t always match when I answer this.

But it is also important to keep perspective on death. All people die, and as the years go by they are thought about less and less. As a follower of Jesus Christ, we might be largely forgotten by this world, but we will not be forgotten by God. When we die—and let’s be honest, none of us really knows when our “midlife” is—we have the assurance that we will be with God in heaven, that he will call us sons and daughters, and we will look forward to the resurrection. Until then, let’s do our best and rest in his strength.


God, help us to live out your words “to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Amen.