We are often caught in the middle. We start off passionately pursuing something of great value to us like a new job, a service project, or a relationship. We then experience challenges along the way that test our resolve and seem to pour water on the fire burning within us. Then, one day we wake up and find ourselves somewhere between passion and exhaustion. Welcome to life in the middle. Life in the middle feels comfortable. It pays the bills. It’s nice and non-confrontational. It does not require risk, sleepless nights, or even much faith. On paper it looks great, but in reality it is one of the most harmful places we can choose to spend our days in the life we’ve been given.
I’m ready to leave life in the middle. I don’t like thinking well, this is who I am and what I’ve become, when I could be pursuing who and what I’m called to be. I’m ready to challenge the common sense that keeps me from having a deeper faith in my gifts and abilities. I want to jump in and engage life so that it goes so far over my head that I can’t survive on my own. I’m ready to stop whispering, and instead start shouting from the rooftops.
Here are a few things I’m doing to leave life in the middle:
I’m rediscovering my natural gifts and talents. I’m talking to friends, coworkers, peers, and family about what they see in me. What things I am good at and how they have been positively impacted by something I’ve said or done.
I’m reflecting on the experiences in my life that have been most energizing and rewarding for me and the people around me. I’m reflecting on the emotions and the excitement that comes from serving others.
I’m identifying who I want to be and why. I’m asking myself, what is the legacy I will leave behind for my children, in my church and community, with my spouse, and with my friends? I’m charting a course to fully engage my purpose in life.
I’m focused on specificity and refusing to be vague as I layout my plans for taking action and achieving goals.
I’m taking action and not just talking. I’m starting to make the changes to enable me to passionately pursue my calling and purpose.
I’m asking for help and sharing my vision with others. I’m not going to do this on my own. That line of thinking is a trap from life in the middle; a life that can be lived all on your own without help and guidance from others. I’m asking for input, constructive criticism, and accountability.
I’m leaving life in the middle and hope you feel challenged to do the same. There is so much waiting for us out there. There is so much waiting for us right where we are at. We just need to open our eyes and hearts, remember our dreams, and align our behaviors to our convictions. What if our destiny is bigger than we could possibly imagine? Would we ever know if we continue to live life in the middle? Let’s jump over the picket fence and start living.
Make it a great day!