Over the weekend, I had the privilege of landing a new iPhone. Did I need one? No. Was anything wrong with my current iPhone? No. Why would I upgrade to a newer model when my current model was adequate? The answer is simple, because I could.
As Americans, we fall into this trap over and over. Many of us feel like we need the latest technology while our “good enough” technology sits in a drawer and collects dust. The fact is that 130 million iPhones were sold in the first 9 months of 2014. The trap is escalated when we realized the US population at the beginning of the year was 317 million. Roughly, enough iPhones were sold to support 1 out of 3 Americans.
What are we doing? What have we created? Why are we so dependent on the latest technology? Why so much turnover?
I can’t help but think the iPhone has become one of the idols of the American people. There are not many things in this world that we will stand (for many hours) in line for when our current model is just fine. There are not many things we hunger and thirst after because “good enough” is no longer acceptable.
Wait, hunger and thirst? Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, because they will be filled.” (HCSB). I suggest that many Americans have fallen in the trap of hungering and thirsting after the wrong things. We have failed to worship the creator, but rather are worshipping created things. I am also guilty of this at times.
As I sat in my seminary class last night, we spent time exploring the intentionality that Jesus managed his final week of life in order to finish his mission as planned. I walked away from class convicted that I am not as intentional about my mission as I should be. I have much to learn about following Jesus the way I should.
I get caught up with settling for “good enough” in my spiritual journey, but think about how to get rid of my “good enough” technology too often.
The reality about my new iPhone is that we obtained it for free and actually will make money by trading in our “good enough” technology. Our family is getting better technology for free because we chose not to settle for “good enough”.
There are many people, including myself, I wish would learn that life could be so much better, than its current state, if we choose not to settle for “good enough”.
What about you? Each of us has been sent on mission as we connect with Jesus. What are the areas of your mission that you are settling for “good enough”, even though you know it could be better? Do you have clarity about your mission on earth? Are you managing your mission well? Are you settling for “good enough”?
Life is a journey. How is your walk?