I was flipping through channels the other morning and stopped to listen to Joyce Myers (internationally known evangelist/author) sharing the life stories of she and her brother. Both were raised in the same home with the same parents and endured forms of abuse at the hands of their father. Joyce overcame her history of sexual abuse through ministry. Her brother took a different path through combat service in the United States Marine Corps, womanizing, as well as copious amounts of alcohol and drugs. Despite multiple attempts at redemption, unfortunately Joyce Myers' brother did not overcome his history of abuse and fell into chronic substance dependence that cost him his life. He chose to leave the last rehabilitation program she and her husband funded and he was found dead in an abandoned building in Los Angeles, CA two weeks later from a drug overdose. Joyce Myers went on to profess the power of being a Christian and solidified her testimony with this paraphrased thought: As a child of God who has a connection to HIS infinite power and wisdom, why would you waste your life with familiar and temporary comforts (pathetic) instead of following the sometimes difficult path towards your true purpose (power)?
This story got me to thinking about the following questions: How do you choose to live your life? We all make mistakes. We all get scared of stepping out of our comfort zones and taking the big chances that can be life defining. One of my favorite questions comes from the book Who Moved My Cheese, "What would you do if you weren't afraid?" Will you live a life of mediocrity and just getting by? Is that your purpose? Are you willing to challenge yourself to change what you don't like and question what you don't understand? Would you choose to live an existence that is powerful or settle for one that is pathetic? Is "good enough" good enough for you?