For those that are tracking with me, I am sharing quotes that I have accumulated over the years that have resonated with me. My hope is that perhaps one of them will resonate with you. The quote that I want to highlight this week is one that I heard some years ago. It has shaped my life and continues to challenge me going forward. It is a quote I first heard while listening to a podcast from LifeChurch.
“If you want what everyone else has then do what everyone else does. If you want what few people have then do what few people do.” (Craig Groeschel)
I have met many people (and have had the thoughts myself) who wish their lives were different. They want to be thinner, have a better marriage, better family, better job, deeper faith, more friends, etc. Yet they continue to live their lives as they always have, doing what everyone around them does and wondering why what they wish they had seems so far away. They blame circumstances, other people or a whole host of other things when the real culprit is simply found in their repeated behaviors.
A good example of this in my life is food and weight. I would see people who were fit, energetic and slim. I wished that I was like that and wonder why nothing ever changed (while eating my fourth slice of pizza). I realized that if I wanted the level of fitness and kind of body that the majority of people do not have, then I have to eat more healthily and exercise more than what is promoted by the world around me.
This concept is true in marriage and relationships. It is true in vocation. It is true in regard to faith. Whoever wants that great marriage, the close relationship with God or better friendship, has to be willing to do what most people will never do. It takes discipline. It takes time. But as time goes on, you will find that you actually DO have that thing that few people have. It is rare and it is worth it.
Have a great Easter week!
Weldon Lemke has been leading Hope Chapel since 2009 with a passion to see people come to know God and grow to maturity in Him.