What Middle Aged Adults Need
Middle aged adults are at a place in life where the past, present and future seem to come together.
- They might be looking back at how their lives have gone thus far, not sure if their lives have counted for much, perhaps leading to guilt.
- Their present realities tend to include more losses and adjustments to life as they’ve known it, perhaps leading to stress and anxiety.
- They look ahead to the uncertainties of the future and growing older, perhaps leading to fear.
Middle aged adults therefore need constant reminders of what God wants them to do with the past, present, and future. What better way to always have those Scripture reminders with them whenever needed than to have them hidden in their hearts … memorized.
Scripture Good for Memory & Reflection by Middle Aged Adults
While Scripture is filled with applicable verses good for middle aged adults to commit to memory and reflect on, perhaps focusing in on a whole book of the Bible would help them stay more centered on what they most need at this time in their lives. The Book of Philippians has many passages quite applicable to this age. You might want to suggest teachers of middle aged adult classes encourage memorization of key passages in conjunction with a group study on Philippians.
Following are passages from Philippians and how they tie in with the past, present and future realities of middle aged adults.
Phil. 1:4-6 – God’s not finished with them yet. He will continue to be faithful.
Phil. 1:9-11 – Get in touch with what is most important.
Phil. 1:21-24 – To die is gain but God won’t take you until He’s done with you here.
Phil. 2:1-11 – Rather than be self-absorbed with your present realities, turn outward and be a servant to others.
Phil. 2:14-16 – Life does not have to be run in vain. There is a better way.
Phil 3:7-14 – You’ve got to let go of the past and accept that you are still a work in progress.
Phil. 3:20-21 – A better day is coming when sorrow and pain will be no more.
Phil. 4:4-7 – Peace is possible no matter what you face.
Phil. 4:8-9 – You might need to adjust your thinking.
Getting Middle Aged Adults to Memorize Blocks of Verses
You will notice that the suggested passages are blocks of verses. The fuller context of key verses can be most helpful for meditating on its meaning.
While the lives of middle aged adults can be quite busy and they might not feel they have the time to memorize one verse albeit several, if the verses are relevant to their current needs, they might be more prone to giving it a chance. If it is being done in conjunction with a study of the verses, either on their own or as a group, they might find it more motivating to memorize them. Some of these adults might already have memorized or be familiar with one of the verses in these blocks of verse and so they would merely be adding on to what they already know.
Teachers need to be ready with suggestions for how they, as adults, can memorize. Check out: 14 Ways for Adults to Memorize Scripture