In my mid-30s, I was working in corporate America and becoming increasingly dissatisfied. Some of the dissatisfaction was from corporate politics and compromise; some was simply revelation of the way I’m “hardwired.” In the midst of my dissatisfaction, I read Half Time: Moving from Success to Significance, by Bob Buford. That book, along with some other things that happened about that time, changed everything for me.
It changed the lens through which I viewed opportunity and purpose and was the mechanism that most singlehandedly gave permission to my “want to.” Most significantly, it gave me permission to explore endeavors that were more about making a difference than about personal achievement. It was an invitation into life’s adventure. I accepted.
The desire to achieve great and glorious things is part of our royal DNA. It draws us beyond our natural limitations to be part of something larger than life. It’s the call of Jesus into the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. It’s agreeing with Him in the advancement of His purposes and plans in our lives and the lives of others.
As partakers of the benefits of grace, we’re invited into this epic journey. It costs everything and is much more difficult than paths of the status quo. The shaping of credentials for involvement in the Kingdom comes at the expense of our soul, which we crucify to allow His Spirit to live in places previously reserved for us. Transformation comes from the inside out as we increasingly learn to let go of everything we otherwise squeeze for comfort and security. He has to be our only Source.
Jesus transforms you and includes you. You go places and do things you never dreamed of when you jump off the cliff of the predictable and into the unknown of a journey with Holy Spirit. I haven’t arrived and I don’t have it all figured out. At the same time, I’ve seen enough and know from experience that He is faithful.
Catching a glimpse of the vision for our destiny tempts us to believe the distance between where we are and where we’re going somehow has been eliminated. Thoroughbred racehorses may see the finish line as they round the final curve, but it’s up to the jockey to pace the horse until he knows it can run uninhibited for the final distance. The revelation of our God-breathed gifts and abilities tempts us to forget there’s a process necessary to position us to handle the manifestation of those gifts and abilities. Just because you see it, doesn’t mean you’re ready for it.
Changes are necessary to realize the “what’s next” in life. Dissatisfaction with compromise comes at the cost of abandon. Put another way, the only way you take hold of the future is to let go of the present. That idea as a concept is easy; the practical realities of leaving the familiar are challenging. It hurts to let go, and setting out on a quest into uncharted territory is scary.