Bigger and Better
I came across this post I wrote a year ago this month. I needed this reminder!
My current season in life has afforded me a lot of discretionary time. Sometimes that is awesome. Other times I have way too many moments of being lost in my own head, a place I find to be dangerous at times. But I have also had more time to be able to read what I want to read, probably more than any other time in my life. While in school I read a lot, but the decision really wasn’t optional. Now I am choosing, on my own, to read whatever I prefer.
The most recent book I’ve enjoyed is “Love Does” by Bob Goff. If you want to be inspired to take action instead of sitting on the sidelines, read it. His adventures are unreal. I find myself justifying how he has the means and resources to be involved in unbelievable stories. But I also think if I would start moving and stop analyzing, our stories may not read too differently.
Bob tells one story of his son playing a game of “Bigger and Better.” You simply start with something small, for example, a pencil, and door knock around the neighborhood, asking people to trade for something bigger. His son once played this game, starting with a dime. And what did he end up with? A truck. Seriously?
The point from this example is that God is calling us to something bigger, something better, but we often settle for the dime when he wants to give us a truck. Bob cites a quote from C.S. Lewis, a truth which I keep replaying over and over in my mind: “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
Think of the things that weigh you down, consume your thoughts, and steal your joy. I recalled several before I took my next breath. How cheap are those desires, really? I will be the first to admit most of mine are shallow, selfish, and fleeting.
“…infinite joy is offered us…”
It turns out this truth is not something that originated with Bob or C.S. Lewis. Jesus himself told us that he came so we “may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Read this in context. He is not talking about having every desire met. He is not speaking in reference to riches or health or friends. The passage is all about relationship with Jesus. He tells us that he is the way to the Father and to eternal life. And THAT is what is meant by “life to the full.
Paul also speaks to this in 1 Timothy 6:17-19, “As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of life that is truly life.”
There you have it: bigger and better is what Jesus is offering us- relationship with him, laying a foundation for what is to come after this life, preparing us for life that is truly life. Let’s dare to let go of the dime. In this game of “Bigger and Better” we aren’t even required to make trades along the way. We do not have to pass go or collect $200. We go straight for a truck.
Sounds like a deal to me.