the threat of ambition, the need for obedience

while there’s nothing we’ve been taught to avoid like disobedience
there’s nothing we’ve been taught to value blindly like ambition.
and we assume that our ambitions result in our best
and that our best results in the best of those around us
but our ambitions are challenged by all the things which pull us away
from simple, longstanding obedient commitment
to be who we are and where we are and why we are in the world.

there are always shinier places
and loftier goals
and fancier titles
there are always more noble causes
and more remarkable feats
and more impressive benchmarks

but there is nothing like long and simple obedience
proving to be anything but simple
proving to require a holy trust and an unwavering commitment
even when the story is over but the people carry on.

so there is nothing like long and simple obedience
which challenges great ambitions like nothing else.
so there is nothing like long and simple obedience
to family
to vocation
to community
to justice
to beauty
to freedom
for others and therefore for ourselves
that drives a dagger through the lying heart of great ambitions
to show the selfish, insecure desires which so often create them.

djordan
Pine Tree Dr.

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2 thoughts on “the threat of ambition, the need for obedience

  1. rvmphoto says:

    Ooh, does this strike on a tangle of complicated questions for me.

    Good God-fearing, God-loving people have gently told me I’m foolish to stay working where I am—when I could have a “larger” impact for the kingdom of God in a different organization.

    Stewardship is a value I hold: what stewardship of my gifts looks like in practice is a different question. (And when does stewardship become an idol that replaces God, instead of a means to serving God?)

    Then comes the question of whether I am following a God-given vision (but perhaps appropriate only for a different time) or whether I am following God.

    Now a new question to ponder: what role do selfish, insecure desires play?

    Thank you.

  2. G says:

    The theme if my classes

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