Too great to be simply good
In 2005, I opened up a book by Thom Rainer as my son practiced at USA Spirit Christian Tae Kwon Do Academy. The first sentence of the first chapter is this: "It is a sin to be good if God has called us to be great." That statement hit me so hard I blurted out "WOW!" I then circled the sentence and wrote "WOW!"
I closed the book. I looked out at those kids and adults practicing. God has created all of them to be great. I looked at the other parents and quickly concluded that God has created them to be great. I have yet to see or meet anyone who was created for anything but greatness.
Not only did God create each of us with greatness in mind, I am convinced that deep within the heart of every person is a desire to be great. There are a variety of endeavors we would like to be great at, but I am firmly convinced that all of us would love to be great at this journey called life. I don't think anyone lays awake at night dreaming and hoping that at the end of their life they can reflect back and realize they lived an average life. No one has tattooed the word "average" on their body to remind themselves of their goal to be average. Average does not inspire or bless anyone. You were created for so much more than average.
As a math nerd I will share with you the formula for living a great life: A great life is produced by a great investment in a great cause. The temptation, instigated and promoted by satan, is to make an average investment in great causes. And to make great investments in average causes. In either scenario, the result is an average life.
Marriage and parenting are great causes. Why do we settle for an average investment in such great causes?
There is a saying spoken by Jesus Christ that Christian scholars and Christians have labelled great for centuries. The saying took place when a religious teacher came up to Jesus and asked him the question, "Out of all the Old Testament Laws which one is the greatest?"
The guy wasn't really looking for an answer, though. He was hoping to trap or discredit Jesus, but Jesus gave him an answer that has defined Christianity for thousands of years.
Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself."
Love God and love people. These commandments cannot be separated. And this great commandment represents a great cause that we should invest our life in. How are you doing at loving God? How are you doing at loving people; all people; people who are different than you; people who have hurt you? Are you making a great investment in growing your relationship with God and in loving the people around you? If you do, the result will be a great life. And you are too great to simply be good.
God bless you. See you next Sunday!