Tom Corley has an awesome blog that I reprint when it is too hard to pass up. Here is a link to his site - you can sign up for it for a good does of daily motivation. Today was one of those blogs. He writes about the two choices that we have to either operate in the known where you take no risk and where very little opportunity lies. This is also known as the crowd effect. You follow the crowd and emulate the habits of the crowd. There is no risk in that choice. In that perception of a safe place we don't have to face our fears. When it comes to our finances and life in general. God wants us to venture out of that comfort zone and live the abundant life God wants for us. Side note: abundance doesn't just refer to money. Abundance is every aspect of our life!
Here is what he wrote:
"Humans herd because inside the herd is safety. We’re just hardwired to seek safety. In the herd, there is no uncertainty, no risk.
But uncertainty is boring. It’s a zombie existence.
Fortunately, humans were also hardwired for adventure, or to pursue the unknown.
Inside the unknown is where opportunities lurk. Inside the unknown is where your natural gifts and talents lie, waiting to be discovered.
Venturing into the unknown is scary. The unknown will knock you down. That is because, inside the unknown is also where mistakes and failures reside. But while those mistakes and failures cause pain, suffering and cost you money, they also accelerate your growth. And, the more you grow, the better you become.
Growth causes you to stand out in the crowd. It eliminates the competition. It transforms you into a person of significance.
Everything you want resides in the unknown. Don’t fear it, embrace it." - Tom Corley
This reminds me of one of my favorite verses:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Seeking a life of stewardship is full of unknowns. After all it starts with giving up control over that which we desperately want to control! Think differently, renew your mind - love that wisdom. God wants so much else for our lives than what the crowd provides. The key is to believe in that truth and act as if the Holy Spirit lives in you!