I teach several classes at a Christian University and one of them is a “Welcome to College” type course. In it students learn about time management, study skills, and how their personalities and faith will need to be integrated to make college successful.
One of their assignments was to read a passage on Life Stages and write a journal reflection on where they thought they were at. One student’s journal hit me between the eyes as I think it reflects many more people than we’d like to think.
“At 41 years of age working for the State of California for 12 years, married for 13 years, and 3 children later, I still ask myself am I on the right career path. No, I’m not on the right career path. I am not happy in my job, but if I want to make the best of my career choices, I need to obtain a degree to move up the corporate ladder. Making my commitment to stay working for the State till retirement age is a must for long term financial goals. There is a reality that I have had to accept I will probably never have my dream job, but to have a job that pays well…”
What kind of a life is this? What is this person living for other than the ability to die in comfort?
This breaks my heart. It saddens me deeply.
Why? Because I was this person once.
Now that I’ve been unleashed from those chains and have experienced the exhilaration of life lived on purpose, I’m crushed when people give up on a dream or settle for less. Even worse is when they are willing to sacrifice time and money to stay stuck.
This also reminds me how important being debt free is as well. In losing those chains, came the financial freedom to pursue more out of this life.
The reality is many people I know are in the same boat as this student. These are the people who stay in the boat and ride the waves no matter how bored, sea sick, or unhappy they become. These people aren’t willing, no matter what, to take a step of faith and get out of the boat. Please don’t let this be you!
We were not created to live a comfortable life.
We were not created to carve out a cozy spot to die. Tweet That
We only get one shot at life and the count down clock is ticking. Tweet That
So I beg you…dream big dreams people. If you don’t have dreams ask God what His dreams are for you. Trust me, an adventure awaits when you are willing to take just one step towards the journey He’s calling you to.
“If you’re going to risk and maybe fail, fail at something that matters. Fail gloriously so that even in failure, lives change.” ― Jon Acuff
Don’t settle for safe and comfortable when just 30 seconds of courage and bold faith could open the doors to an amazing adventure. An adventure in which every day is filled with God’s crazy and uncomprehendible presence.
Who wants the story of their life to have a predictable ending? Not me!
Who wants to live the dream even if they fail gloriously? ME!
How do we inspire those who are willing to settle? OR What does failing gloriously look like to you?