It used to be that survival was an issue. In prior generations, you got a job because
if you didn’t, starvation was an option.
Now, food takes up just 6% of the average person’s budget. We have the luxury of following our dreams
because failure has little downside in this day and age. We’re not going to starve. Even beach bums have figured this much out.
The irony is that so many of us organize our lives around
the issue of survival when survival is not even remotely in question. We work far harder than we need to, and too
often we ignore those we love most in the process; but for what end? If survival is not in question, why do we
kill ourselves so?
It makes no sense unless you recognize that underneath all
the scraping and clawing is a lie.
People want bigger houses and faster more comfortable cars
and more prestige more than they want time with their families and more than
they want to live the life of faith that Jesus modeled for us.
Many of us don’t even realize that that is the exchange
we’re making. We take on a mortgage, take
a promotion, take on a car lease, and start running a little faster in the rat
cage we find ourselves in. It all has a
certain internal logic until the wheels start to come off – our spouse no
longer speaks to us, our kids don’t share our values, we feel distant from God,
we even feel estranged from ourselves.
The script doesn’t need to play out like that. We can switch our priorities – sell the big
house, cut back on expenses, invest time where, in our heart of hearts, we
really wanted to invest it all along. If
we’ve got the stomach to make some tough choices, the brass ring of our inner
purpose that we thought was unreachable can actually be ours.
Survival these days is very cheap. We live in the richest country on the planet
and the world is our oyster. We need to
wake up to the possibilities being given us before we default to a scenario
that wasn’t written for us.