Continuing to consider the questions that people in various stages of life are asking, Gordon MacDonald considers those in their thirties.
How do I prioritize the demands being made on my life?
How far can I go in fulfilling my sense of purpose?
Who are the people with whom I know I walk through life?
This last question is one of loneliness. With increased demands on time and responsibilities, old friendships drift into the distance, and there often is not the time to build and deepen new friendships.
This increased time demand raises a spiritual component. There is no longer much time for retreats and conferences and times of hanging out. Words like ’empty’, ‘tired’, ‘confused’, and ‘drifting’ come up frequently. And so does the question
What does my spiritual life look like? Do I even have time for one?
And this is complicated by the sense of failure that may begin to peek over the horizon, leading to the question:
Why am I not a better person?
If these thoughts are anywhere near the mark, it speaks of fertile ground for the Gospel.