But, unbeknown to me, my husband Dave sensed he wanted a different job. Maybe life felt too routine. Perhaps his career lacked purpose, or maybe he suffered from a mid-life crisis. All his life, he has yearned to avoid mediocrity, to break out of the status quo.
Back then, Dave posed questions and pursued answers that gave him a holy discontent with his circumstances. God created a longing in Dave to sign on the dotted line and head toward Africa with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Recently when I read Eric and Leslie Ludy’s book, When God Writes Your Life Story, I recognized my husband in their words.
“God wants us to know … why we are here on this earth, and He wants to … direct us out of the swamps of mediocrity … to live a life that truly counts.”
He says their book is “… written for those who are ready to do whatever it takes for their life to truly mean something.”
Eric and Leslie describe a “God-scripted life” which is “about packing up your tent, rolling up your sleeping bag, shaking off the sludge of mediocrity, and heading into unknown territory of a life-changing experience.”
Some people don’t ask questions
Some people drift through life—
without asking deep questions,
without wondering about life’s purpose.
They simply establish careers, buy houses and cars, buy bigger houses and better cars, get kids through college, enjoy the beach and the summer place and trips to Europe, and then they retire and play tennis and.…
Some, however, do ask questions
Other people ask questions like:
Why am I living upon this earth?
What’s the point?
Isn’t there more to life than this?
Why don’t I feel fulfilled?
Eric writes, “… Deep down, we … want to be someone who makes a difference—someone who puts a dent in life before we leave it.”
The Ludys write about “Christ-enabled living. Impossible living. Heroic living,” and about “a life scripted by the Author of true purpose and adventure.”
The Ludys pose many questions, questions like:
“What if there is more to the Christian life?”
Back in my husband’s pre-Africa life, that question gnawed at him and wouldn’t stop. He knew the answer. It burned inside him and propelled him into action.
What about you?
Has God given you a holy discontent over current circumstances?
What if there is more to your life?
Is God, the Author of your life’s story, hinting at what awaits you in your next chapter?
Is it burning inside and propelling you to make a dent in life before you leave it?