No matter how hard you try, you can’t “have it all.” Life’s too short! There are tradeoffs you must be willing to make. by definition, “trade-off” is “a giving up of one thing in return for another.” You might also say “exchange.” With God it is always letting go of the little in my hand to receive the much in His hand!
In Matthew chapter nineteen we read the story of the man who wanted to follow Christ, but he didn’t want to give up his lifestyle. He chose to not let go of the little in his life, to gain the much in following Christ!
Paul, on the other hand, said, “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ.” He was willing to give up anything and everything, to gain the “much more” in Christ Jesus!
Let’s look at some “trade-offs” in life that are worth making:
- Trade approval for accomplishment. For people pleasers and approval junkies this means realizing that accolades are like smoke; they evaporate quickly. Awards turn to rust. Financial gain is quickly spent or lost. You must come to the place where “doing good” means more to you than “looking good”.
- Trade security for significance. Greatness doesn’t lie in what you earn or own; it lies in what you give your life to accomplish. Instead of merely focusing on making a living, ask God to help you make a difference!
- Trade exploration for expertise. Too many of us like to dabble, but the problem with dabbling is that you never really become great at anything. True, when you’re young, you should try new things and see where your strengths and interests lie. But as you get older, you must become more focused. You will go far in life if you “specialize” in something.
If you study the lives of great men and women, you’ll find that they were single-minded and tenacious.
So once you have found what God created and called you to do, stick with it and let the rest go.
Hooked on Jesus,