Is it me, or does September seem like months ago? Way back on the 10th of last month, Hannah from Becoming Lost posted this article on her blog. It’s a call to an undivided heart; to lay aside trivial activities so we can take up eternal ones. It’s the blog post that inspired this discussion . And it made me think. A lot. Here’s what I commented after I read her post:
Today, I think again about the middle part of what I wrote in that comment: “I don’t even have to think in order to live for the advancement of my own kingdom. It’s what I do by default.”
Wouldn’t you agree that – being broken and fallen human beings – selfishness comes naturally to us? No one has to teach us to want our own good. It’s so deep-rooted that it infects all our choices, particularly when we don’t stop to consider the situation in the light of eternity.
#1. Which option is the easiest?
We’re all about easy. Humanity is constantly seeking out life hacks to make existence easier. What if God wants you and I to opt for a harder path?
#2. Which option is the cheapest?
Of course, we can’t deny that money is a very real part of life. It’s how we (or our parents) keep bread on the table and pay the electricity bill. But what if we can benefit from learning to sacrifice our own finances for the good of someone else?
#3. Which option is the quickest?
“Money is time.” I don’t have financial independence enough to personally verify the quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin. But I can say that I tend to run around throughout the day to get as much done as I can. We don’t need to think twice to make a decision that promises more time.
#4. Which option is the least awkward?
This is all about the comfort zone. On multiple occasions, I have failed to start a conversation with someone on account of my fear of awkwardness. Imagine a world where people dared to step out of their comfort zones more often.
#5. Which option yields the most/best benefits
I guess this where everything miscellaneous fits. Sometimes a given pathway comes with a bonus that gets you so excited. Which option is the most fun? Which option will people like you most for choosing? Which option will help you accomplish _______? Which option…
DISCLAIMER: I do not mean to say that everything easy is bad or that you should avoid the quickest path. Far from it! I think that these can be good ways to analyze an important decision and can help us be objective wise. I suppose you could enter a whole new bunny trail by following that train of thought. In fact, there’s a good conversation starter for the comments: How do you know when God is calling you to go against the norms… or when you’re doing it just for the sake of doing it?
More conversation starters
- Do you default to the Kingdom of Self, like I do? How would you explain this tendency?
- This blog post assumes that selfish living is wrong living. Why is it wrong?
- When is a good time to consider factors such as ease, cost, time, etc?
- When you find yourself wrongly basing a decision on one or all of these options, alone, what is a good question that you can replace it/them with to align your thinking with God’s Kingdom?
- What’s your #6? What would you add to my list?
Resources for deeper digging
Psst! For more on:
- Doing Hard Things (for God’s Kingdom, not just for the sake of it): I recommend this book, to youth in particular.