DAY 21: [READER’S QUESTION] WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO BE ‘GREAT’? WHAT IF I JUST WANT TO LEAD A ‘NORMAL LIFE’? WHAT’S WRONG WITH THAT?

I’ve had this question for a while but somehow never got around to it. Having a rather driven personality type, it took a long time to accept that not everyone is (or has to be) as driven.

But looking closely at this question, I’m thinking the reader is asking about a distaste for being famous.

If that’s the concern, then I have good news for you. We were NOT called to be famous. It may happen as we live out our fires, but that’s not the end game; never was, never will be.

We’re only instructed to live in a way that glorifies God, which yesterday’s entry showed to be a commitment to discovering, developing and deploying our fires.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

You speak about wanting to lead the ‘normal life’. The normal life for the believer is one of

Service: “If I then your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another’s feet” John 13:14

Influence: “Go ye therefore and teach all nations…teaching them to observe all things” Matthew 28:19-20

If by ‘normal’, you mean a secluded life, where your influence is felt nowhere beyond your gates, where you’re only all about close family members and a couple of friends, then I’m afraid you need to recheck what you signed up for.

Your citizenship includes the commitment to creating an ever-expanding circle of positive influence.

“…you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria and to the uttermost part of the earth” Acts 1:8

“But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant” Matthew 23:11

You cannot serve in isolation, right? You need to connect with and engage those you’re serving. Whatever your fire, living it out will require interactions with people.

With this in mind, the question “what if I don’t want to be ‘great’?” translates as “what if I don’t want to serve?”

Hmmm…that puts a different twist on it, right?

I guess this just highlights the stark difference between the secular and spiritual ideas of ‘greatness’. Secular thinking focuses on fame, notoriety and prestige. God talks about service, selflessness and humility.

So is there anything wrong with your desire? None at all. You only need to verify whose standard guides your definitions.

Cheers to your great life!

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2 thoughts on “DAY 21: [READER’S QUESTION] WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO BE ‘GREAT’? WHAT IF I JUST WANT TO LEAD A ‘NORMAL LIFE’? WHAT’S WRONG WITH THAT?

    • Grow360 says:

      Yes, that’s true. We should not serve with a desire to be known; neither should the ‘fear’ or dislike of becoming known deter us from serving at our best capacities

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