The curse of moderation

28 Apr

It strikes me that the curse of our time is moderation. We’re instructed to practice moderation in all things. We close conversations by saying, “Don’t work too hard,” “Take it easy,” “Don’t go overboard,” “Don’t commit too soon,” “Keep your options open,” or some other banality. We’re cautioned not to stand out in order to avoid being labeled as one of those extremists. If you want to get elected, you are supposed to be a moderate, a centrist, or an uncommitted, convictionless, middle-of-the-road-type-candidate so that you do not offend the wrong people.

I am struck by how this approach collides headlong with the apostle Paul’s approach to spiritual growth where he states, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13b-14). In talking about straining forward and pressing on towards spiritual maturity, Paul uses a word that pictures a sprinter leaning forward with every fiber and twitching muscle to break the tape at the finish line and win the race.

When was the last time someone encouraged you to go for it, to commit yourself totally, to burn your bridges and not look back, to expend all your energy and resources, or to pour your heart into becoming more like Jesus Christ?

Where’s a passionate fanatic when you need one?

1 Comment

Posted by on April 28, 2008 in Passion, Personal growth


One response to “The curse of moderation

  1. Rosa

    May 5, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    How inspiring! I have been sharing with my friends the fact that my generation ( I just turned 76) is the “Don’t rock the boat and don’t make waves generation” I believe that comments like this can determine what each generation will leave behind.

    I remember a song that everyone sang when I was a child. It was “Row, Row, Row your boat gently down the stream, life is but a dream.” When I think about this I realize the impact this had on my generation. This song gave us a downstream destinaton. To go down stream you don’t have to row. If you want to reverse your direstion, you must make waves, rock the boat and row like your life depends on it. Thank God for a generation who is going just that. Perhaps they can get the boat turned around before we reach the falls.

    From one who always made waves and rocked the boat.


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