Earlier this week I read this powerful quote from psychologist Karl Anders Ericsson:
“The reason most people don’t have extraordinary lives isn’t that they don’t have the capacity, but rather that they’re satisfied to live in the comfortable rut of homeostasis, never doing the work required. They live in the world of ‘good enough.’”
Wow, that one hit me. The world of good enough. How often do I fail to go the extra mile in my marriage because it’s good enough? How many times do I neglect my prayer life because it’s good enough? Time after time, I don’t take another step in my walk with God because in my mind it’s good enough. I’m convicted by what Paul writes to the Colossians:
“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” (Col. 3:16-17)
I don’t want to live in the world of “good enough” and I don’t want that for you either. I desperately long for a life of “more,” a life where whatever I do or say, I’m doing it as a representative of the Lord Jesus. Wouldn’t that be amazing! That’s one reason I’m so excited about starting this journey through the Bible together called The Story. Committing to read God’s Word for nine months says we want more: We want more of God, more of his guidance, more of his wisdom, more of his insight, more of his love, more of his Holy Spirit. I can’t wait to see where God leads us in the coming months, and I can’t wait to see where you and I are in our relationship with God come mid-May when The Story is over. It’s my deepest hope for you and for me that we’ll be closer to God, closer to one another, and committed to never being ok with “good enough” again. See you on the journey, starting this Sunday as we focus on the creation account found in Ch. 1 of The Story.