>I have been thinking for awhile now on the subject of becoming more. There are a lot of people and books that talk about personal growth and pushing yourself to better your knowledge in all areas. I think when it comes down to it, it is about becoming more. So over the next few posts I am going to discuss what I am learning and my own thoughts about become more.
Do you ever find yourself running the checklist of things to do in the morning? “OK, I need to eat a quick breakfast, shower, shave, teeth, go to work, then lunch, after work get through traffic, eat, watch American Idol
, then Glee
and then off to bed.” In reality it is our daily routine. I know that this is a little out there, but if we are really honest with ourselves this is pretty much what we do. This is basically how we “do life”. So what’s the problem? There is nothing wrong with knowing what you are planning for the day what you “need” to get done, but isn’t there MORE?!
Routines typically make up our days, weeks, months, and years. Routines are the things that we do in our lives without really thinking. It is said that our brain processes over 11,000 brain signals everyday. Except our brain only consciously processes 40 of those 11,000 signals (Scott Young, “Tips for Breaking Bad Habits and Developing Good Habits”, 2007). First all we have to be thankful that we don’t have to consciously think about everything. We don’t have to worry about breathing, blinking, our heart beating, and so much more. However, what happens to us is that we get into routines that don’t make us think anymore. We are not challenged to grow or think. And when we really think about it we don’t want to be challenged.
When we think of the word challenge, we think of change. Change makes us even more worried, because that means I have to do something if I know something needs to change. So we become disillusioned and get stuck into our routines, in our way of thinking. We know that there is more, but that challenge, the change that might have to occur is going to knock me off my routine. Lets be honest, at some point or another we all need to be knocked around a little.
When we allow ourselves to be challenged, critiqued, and opened up for examination we find that there is a lot more that we could be. In Proverbs 27:12 it says, “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.” Why does this passage of from the Bible fit our discussion about becoming more? What is the danger of staying where you are at? The danger is that if you are not growing, then you are slipping further down the line into complacency. The irony of this too is that if we don’t challenge ourselves we do suffer for it. Life is harder than it needs to be. Life is harder to understand, and we stay in our routines, not realizing that the longer we stay the more simple we become.
The great news is this, that we can challenge ourselves. We can be the prudent man/woman and take action. In the above verse, it says the the prudent “take refuge”. The prudent take action. To be prudent means that we are wise. The only way to become prudent is to either go on life experience or through challenging ourselves to become more. Many say that life experience is the best way to learn wisdom. Although life experience will teach us, life experience can take our most valuable commodity…time (Andy Stanley). However, if we begin to surround ourselves with people and information that challenges us to become better, to become more, we will begin to see that all of our routines that we create could be the things that are holding us back the most. Remember every decision we make, conscious or through routine is a decision. It puts us on a path, a road that lead us to a destination.
So lets take the first step. Lets examine not just what we are doing, but rather who we want to become. If we can focus on who we want to become, and not just what we do, there will be no other option but to make the tough decisions to break our habits that are holding us back from becoming who God wants us to be…the best version of Him that we can be.