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Trade-off: Fast Life for the Good Life

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” - Romans 12:2 (ESV)

“Live in the place you belong, with the people you love, doing the right work on purpose, in a way you don’t get used up.”

- Mash-up quote from Richard J Leider, David A Shapiro, & Albert Schwietzer.

In the era of social media and instant access, it is often easy to see what influencers have,

and want to be there right now. To get there now would be “The Fast Life.” Many Americans live in the shadow of this fast life. With fancy cars and big houses, taking extravagant trips, and being miserable because they have to show up to a job they don’t enjoy on Monday. All to keep the image of “The Fast Life” going.

Often times we fail to realize it took those influencers years, if not decades to get to where they are. We get caught up in what they do strategically. But we usually miss what drove them to be successful. Most of the time the reason is the people for which they did it and more importantly, who they did it with.

Making trade-offs against your core values is too high of a price. Paying this cost will undoubtedly change the ability for you to reach your greatest potential. It will forge a completely different path, and leave a devastating mark on your life, even if you find a path back to growth. This is the cost of “The Fast Life.”

People chasing the fast lane make bad trade-offs.

People who have core values make occasional trade-offs.

People who make decisions based on their core values make good trade-offs.

The greatest impact you will have in discipling others is when you make trade-offs based on your core values.

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