The call of Jesus is not to live a common, ordinary life but a life of flourishing abundance.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. But I came that you may have life and have it abundantly. I came so you can have real and eternal life, a better life than you could have ever dreamed of. - John 10v10
Inside your soul there is a battle between a flourishing self - the person you were created to be - and a languishing self. The enemy wants you to languish but God made you to flourish.
When you flourish you are most fully alive. You have a purpose for living. You are drawn to put on virtue and put off sin. But when you are languishing, you feel uneasy and discontent. You find yourself more easily drawn into bad habits - watching too much TV, drinking too much, misusing sex, or spending too much - because these things are anesthetizing the pain.
When you flourish you are marked with joy and peace. You are curious and love to learn. You ask questions. You are not easily bored. You awake with a sense of expectancy. You have a vibrant sense that this day will matter! But when you languish your thoughts drift toward fear or anger. Learning, serving, relationships do not feel worth the effort. Your thoughts are dominated by yourself - do people like me? will I have enough? The only reason I feel this way is because of him! You isolate. You dominate. You attack. You withdraw.
When you flourish you pour blessings into your relationships. You find other people to be a source of wonder. They bring you energy and life. When you are with them, you are able to listen deeply. You bless. You share. You forgive. You love.
When you flourish God can use you in his plan to redeem the world. You live with a sense of calling and a desire to contribute. You invest your time, your money, your talents into God’s world. You become resilient in suffering.
But we do not just drift into becoming the best version of ourselves. It requires the right vision, a strong intention, and the correct means to make this happen. It is not a one-time decision, but a daily, moment-to-moment resolve to re-pattern our lives around Christ.
Paul says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12v2). Our habits, patterns and routines have been formed in a world away from God. The key to renewing our minds is by cooperating with the Holy Spirit in developing new habits to bring our lives into harmony with the kingdom of God.
Because it is our habits, the choices we make either consciously or subconsciously every day, that determine the outcome of our lives. It is your habits that will determine whether or not you will be person who flourishes or a person who languishes.