Here’s my post from ChristianPf.com
“Does the song you sing have enough meaning? Inspire us to sing along? Does the song you sing keep echoing? Inspire us to sing the song you sing?”
– From “The Song You Sing” from Creed
I was listening to this song the other day and the words grabbed my attention. It spoke to me because very few people sing a song worth singing… They hold back from living their ideal lives and miss the abundant blessings God had in store for them.
I talk with hundreds of people each week. Yet few are living their ideal life. Few people inspire me. I see a lot of people going through the motions – living for the moment yet no passion, no purpose, and no plan. I hear a lot of negativity, a ton of excuses, and a whole lot of reasons why it’s too difficult to succeed financially.
God wired each of us for a specific purpose as part of His plan. If you are still alive, God is not finished with you yet. He has a big plan for your life. Are you obediently waiting for your next mission? Or are you too busy living for yourself?
What is important to you?
What you invest your time, talent, and treasure in reflect your true priorities and what you truly deem important. I say show me a man’s checkbook and calendar and I can immediately see where his heart is. God said “where your treasure lies you heart lies also”. Are you building Kingdom wealth that will have eternal value or are you investing in earthly riches that “rust and moths will destroy”?
It all begins with a life theme. A mission that is so compelling that you will stop at nothing to succeed. Today, what is your life theme song? Have you found true meaning and purpose? Are you living it out each day inspiring others to buy into your vision? If not, what’s holding you back?
Depression? A lack of excitement? A safe job? Hopelessness? A lack of direction? Something is most likely getting in the way.
I saw a study recently that showed that if someone were to I saw a study recently that showed that if someone were to win the lottery, the likelihood that this person would continue working the same job was about 10 percent. Really? That low? Too many people are in it only for the money.
Yet 10 percent of the population loved what they do and would continue doing what they do despite having more than enough money. Are you in the 90 or 10 percent?
Maybe you have Stockholm Syndrome?
According to Wikipedia:
“The Stockholm syndrome is a term used to describe a paradoxical psychological phenomenon wherein hostages express adulation and have positive feelings towards their captors that appear irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims.”
Are you lulled in by the dullness of your life? Have you allowed safety to become your top priority? What appears safe is often the riskiest thing you could do.
Being complacent you often miss God’s greatest blessings. Being too conservative with your investments you often lose purchasing power (inflation) and pay too much in taxes. Staying in a safe job often limits your God-given potential. Failing to live out your faith limits the opportunities God sends your way.
The Stockholm syndrome was named after a famous bank robbery that took place in Stockholm in August of 1973. The bank robbers held a host of bank employees hostage for six days. The victims then became emotionally attached to their captors. The hostages even refused to testify against the robbers and defended their illegal actions!
What is holding you captive? Are you justifying, making excuses for your lack of success? God does not want you to be poor. It does not make you more faithful. Wealth and success are morally neutral. It is your attitude that determines your motivations with money and success.
If you lack money and success you may not be singing a song with enough meaning. Chances are you are not inspiring others to sing along.
Keep seeking to develop your God given talents and gifts. Find a way to find more purpose and passion with everything you do: where you earn money, where you spend it, what causes you support, and where you invest.
Christ-follower involves risk. It is the only way to grow. Get out of your comfort zone – get out of the boat and walk on water! Take that leap of faith God has been calling you to. Stop waiting! Seek to be a leader and help improve our world. You can make a difference!