Avoid the Middle
Go big or go home
I like churches that look like churches. When it comes to worshiping our God, bring on the beauty! In the words of Seth Godin, "Go for baroque."
"All in" is often a better way to live. Commit to someone till death do you part. Master a discipline. Invest in a community. Build an institution.
In other areas of life, however, it's best to do the bare minimum. An elaborately decorated broom closet would be absurd. We often just need something that gets the job done. Save time and energy for what matters.
We run into problems when we get stuck in the no-man's-land in between.
We take on too many commitments and do not have the energy to give ourselves deeply to any one of them. We try to multitask and neither do deep work nor experience deep rest. We make many "friends" without deepening bonds with friends.
Of course, there are some areas of life where it's best to find a middle path. There's a reason we talk of the "happy medium" and "golden mean." Goldilocks preferred porridge that was "just right."
Still, much of the time, it's best to go big or go home.
This post relates to some of the themes I discuss in The Freedom of Missing Out. Thanks to those of you who have purchased a copy. If you have read it, it would mean so much if you left a review on Amazon. That boosts the algorithm and helps others find it. Again, thanks.
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We should take up the Jesuit challenge to seek the Magis, the greater in everything - all for the Glory of God!