Real Life – November 11, 2022
Real Life with Pastor Steve
November 11, 2022
It is healthy to have goals and ambition in life. It is not healthy, on one hand, to always want more … or, on the other hand, to slip into complacency. The key to balancing it… is in the sweet spot of contentment.
We have all been there on the two extremes. We start off with goals and ambitions, then they turn into obsessions. We become addicted to “more”… more of whatever it is we want. To win at all costs. Or… life’s challenges become so hard that we just “give up”… and we become complacent. We “lost”, so no more aspirations, no more goals. One problem, in both cases, is that we see ourselves and our own strength as our source. We take too much credit or too much blame. Another problem is that it turns us inward. We become less generous, less thankful, less interested in helping others achieve their goals because we are too interested in in ours. There has to be a better way. Well, the Apostle Paul tell us in Philippians, that he’s always had ambitions and great goals. He’s also been on the “mountain top,” and he’s been in the “valley” of prison. However, what he’s learned is that his source is not himself, but God’s strength and presence. And as a result… it was ok continue to have ambition and goals. But he learned to be content, and at peace, regardless of the outcome… win… or lose. May we learn that secret… to contentment. And that’s…real life. ~Pastor Steve – Eaglebrook Church