Today I received a “thinking of you” card from a friend and in it she sent a magnet that said “To have more, desire less.” I really appreciated it and stuck it on my fridge right away. This is a reminder I need regularly as an Apple fan and someone who is always thinking about being more efficient. The newest gadget or update is regularly on my mind. Keeping up with the Joneses is something that I find has been getting harder and harder to ignore. Contentment is a jewel of our time. Contentment could mean the difference between persevering in marriage and getting a divorce. It could mean the difference of switching jobs every few months and plugging along, dealing with frustrating coworkers. Contentment is key.
But before I had even put it on my fridge I thought of one place I don’t think I want contentment: my campuses. Hear me out. I am happy with this last month. It was a weird month where the students who were on strike were making up their last years’ semester. Next week is when the semester starts for everyone, including frosh (first year students). While I’m ‘happy’ with how things went, I want to always trust God for more. I want to always have faith to do bigger things. I want to always be able to step out of my comfort zone and remember that God is going to take me the rest of the way. I want to wisely push towards the fulfillment of the Great Commission in this generation. I want my staff and students to have audacious faith, to trust God for exceedingly big things and to expect him to act. I want the maximum glorification of God in my life and ministry.
I want a holy discontentment where I may be OK with what happened but I trust God can do more. I want to be able to properly evaluate situations, yet plead in faith for more changed lives, more people’s lives turned upside down with the gospel.
On the other hand, I don’t want to be comparing our ministry and movements with other campuses in different contexts. I don’t want to be frustrated that things are maybe moving slower than I would like sometimes. I don’t want this kind of discontentment. I want a discontentment for the quotidienne and for the mundane. I want to be walking by faith daily, weekly, monthly, and I want the same for my staff and students. I want them to always be in a position where they need to trust God because life is making them itch ever so slightly with faith-building situations.
Jesus says in John 14:12, ”
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father” (emphasis mine).
Greater works! Not for my glory, but His. Not for my name, but His. So that many more people will enter a relationship with Christ and experience the Joy of living in his will.