God has wired us for adventure and accomplishment. The apostle Paul encourages us to "measure up to the full and complete standard of Christ." He also tells us to "run with endurance the race God has set before us." If you're earnestly heeding Paul's words, you're probably living a life that's purpose-driven and open to encountering God's surprises around every twist and turn in the road. Sounds like a life of adventure and success to me.
Except let's be real, at times we lose the thrill of meeting the full measure of Christ. Although I try to follow after God and live a life that brings him glory, the truth is I get distracted and fall off-course easily. I want significance and success, sometimes more than staying the course, even when I know the course I'm on is the right and best one.
For instance, when I decided to leave the workplace years ago and make a living as a freelance writer and editor so that I could be home with our young kids, I knew I had made the right decision. God was gracious enough to provide good, steady work doing what I love. But still there were more days than I'd like to admit when I wished for a different life, a life that was shinier and more exciting, a life more like the kind Sandra Crawford Williamson experienced earlier in her career.
Sandra writes about reaching the pinnacle of her profession with all the amenities that come with success—fancy car, expensive jewelry, extravagant meals and trips. Sometimes I'd like to experience the thrill of climbing to the peak of Mt. Career. I'd like to reach the summit and plant my flag there so the world could know, "I made it!"