Our culture has a new obsession: minimalism and simplicity. It shouldn’t shock anyone, though, it’s clearly a reaction to the insane standard of “busy” this generation submits themselves to. But in our efforts to minimalize our lives could we invertedly be minimizing our purpose, our passions, and our impact?
In other words, if we’re not careful, could our healthy desire for contentment become and unhealthy desire for comfort? Is it possible that wanting less stuff has led us to also wanting less responsibility, less leadership, less opportunities, and less influence?
A few weeks ago, Veronica and I were convicted on this very matter. We were content. But not just content…we had become stagnant, dormant, and latent.
Now don’t get me wrong, contentment is a fantastic virtue to attain. It’s a place in which I believe every leader must not only live in, but remain in. It’s the ability to be happy with who you are, where you are, and with what you have.
But contentment doesn’t mean we shouldn’t desire more, it means we’re thankful for what we have and patient for what’s next.
But for Veronica and I, our contentment had turned into premature satisfaction. Almost as if we had said, “Well we made it. Life doesn’t get any better than this.”
You see, as leaders, we can often spend years working to reach the mountain tops of our achievements only to finally arrive, overstay our welcome, and die there in a state of comfort.
Let’s not be naive, the cultural standard for success is quite low. A steady job, an affordable mortgage, one vacation per year, and a healthy family. A noble set of aspirations in which many enjoy all the way to the grave.
But what if God has something more for you? What if He’s just waiting for you to ask, to dream, and to see? What if more life didn’t have to mean more stuff? What if more purpose actually called for less comfort?
Ultimately, my challenge to you is this: Is your life small because your vision was small? Has your desire for less lessened your life? Could your obsession for a simple existence leave you with a simple story?
Need I remind you that we live in a world with no shortage of need. A place desperate for healing, for solutions, and for help. From the poor and the lost to the sick and the dying, we have people waiting. From the children and the mothers to the fathers and the families, we have people praying.
Are we going to drown in our own contentment? Are we going to allow our craving for simplicity to prevent us from taking on complexity?
Remember, the great characters of time’s past didn’t let their hunger die inside of an urban subdivision of tract homes. They didn’t put their comfort above their need to create change. But most of all, they didn’t settle for average, for comfortable, and for pleasure.
So what about you? Are you content with average? Are you stagnant in your comfort? Or are you ready to wake up, ask God for more, and fill your life not with products but with purpose? Are you ready to be used to create change, to help others, and to make a mark in this world? If so, let me about it in the comments below.
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