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Contentment or Small-mindedness? How to Find the Balance Between Being Satisfied and Being Ambitious

I am a simple, easy-going, introverted person. I don’t like drama, noise, or attention. I love success, but I hate failure. I don’t have big dreams of conquering the world, being famous, or being very rich. I am fine with having a small family, a comfortable job, and a lovely home in a remote village. That’s all I need to be happy.

But is that enough? Is that what God wants for me? Is that what He wants for you?

The Problem with Settling for Less

I used to think that being content with what I have and where I am is a virtue. I used to think that being humble and modest is a sign of godliness. I used to think that being satisfied with a small, comfortable life is a good thing.

But then I realized that I was wrong. I realized that I was not being content, but being small-minded. I realized that I was not being humble, but being lazy. I realized that I was not being satisfied, but being selfish.

How can I say that I am content when there are so many people in the world who are suffering, who are in need, who are lost? How can I say that I am humble when I am not using the gifts and talents that God has given me to serve Him and others? How can I say that I am satisfied when I am not fulfilling the purpose that God has for my life?

Life is not just about me. It’s about God and His glory. It’s about His kingdom and His will. It’s about His people and His mission.

I can’t imagine what my life would be like if my parents had settled for what was comfortable for them. They sacrificed a lot to give me a better education, a better opportunity, a better future. They taught me to love God, to love people, to love learning. They inspired me to pursue excellence, to seek wisdom, to follow my passion.

“Life is not just about me. It’s about God and His glory. It’s about His kingdom and His will. It’s about His people and His mission.” Click To Tweet

The same goes for many other people who have influenced my life. They refused to settle for less. They chose to live for more. They used their money, their influence, their success for the gospel and for people. They made a difference in the world.

The Solution: Finding the Balance Between Contentment and Ambition

So, how do I find the balance between being content and being ambitious? How do I avoid the extremes of being complacent or being covetous? How do I live a life that honors God and blesses others?

Here are some principles that I try to follow:

  • Practice contentment at each phase of my life. I am grateful for what I have and where I am, but I don’t stop there. I seek and embrace every opportunity to do more or be more. I don’t compare myself with others, but I challenge myself to grow. I don’t let my circumstances limit me, but I let God’s promises inspire me.
  • Set a guide/mark over my life. I have a clear vision of what God wants me to do and who He wants me to be. I have a set of values and principles that guide my decisions and actions. I have a measure of success and happiness that is based on God’s standards, not the world’s. I keep my heart from covetousness, envy, and greed.
  • Be consumed by a sense of purpose. I know that I am here for a reason. I know that I have a unique role to play in God’s plan. I know that I have a mission to fulfill and a legacy to leave. I live with passion, conviction, and faith. I live for something bigger than myself.

I strongly believe that God puts in us the ambition for more; resources and influence for a godly cause. He wants us to be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth with His glory. He wants us to be salt and light in the world. He wants us to be fishers of men and witnesses of His resurrection.

How do I tell a fisherman that he will be a fisher of men? I tell him that God has a greater catch for him, a catch that will last for eternity. I tell him that God will use his skills, his experience, his network, his boat, his net, his bait, to reach out to people who need His love and grace.

It takes a big mind to fulfill God’s purpose. It takes a mind that is not satisfied with the status quo, that is not limited by the present, but is visionary for the future. It takes a mind that is not focused on self, but on God… Click To Tweet

How do I tell a bunch of commoners that they will be witnesses of His resurrection in town, countries, and continents they never dreamt of ever going? I tell them that God has a greater plan for them, a plan that will change the course of history. I tell them that God will use their testimony, their courage, their faith, their miracles, their words, their deeds, to spread His gospel and His power.

It takes a big mind to fulfill God’s purpose. It takes a mind that is not satisfied with the status quo, but hungry for more. It takes a mind that is not limited by the present, but visionary for the future. It takes a mind that is not focused on self, but on God and others.

Expand your mind, think big, think outside of yourself. Be content, but be ambitious. Be humble, but be bold. Be satisfied, but be hungry. Be a good steward of what you have, but be a seeker of what God has for you. Be a fisherman, but be a fisher of men. Be a commoner, but be a witness of His resurrection. Be a child of God, but be a co-worker with God. Be who you are, but be more than you can imagine.

Expand your mind, think big, think outside of yourself. Be content, but be ambitious. Be humble, but be bold. Be satisfied, but be hungry. Click To Tweet

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Tolulope Oludapo is a young Christian who lends his voice through the media by sharing practical wisdom for everyday living in the most experiential and simplified fashion. This has fetched him the direct followership of over 30,000 users on his blog, lifegiva.com. A blog he founded. He loves to write on varying subjects that affect life, faith, relationship...everyday living.
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