From Significance to Serenity

Several years ago a popular book subtitled “Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance challenged readers to release the tyranny of success and embrace something of significance. The title, “Half Time,” identified the intended reader.

It was like rain on a parched land for those whose apparent success felt meaningless. Many chose to earn less money and hold a less prestigious position in order to invest in something that would improve the lives of others and advance the causes of justice.

In reflecting on this paradigm shift, I wonder if there is a season where we are called to move from significance to serenity? If so, it raises many questions. Who is initiating the transition? Is it personally chosen? Is it imposed by aging, employment or relational transitions?

I think how each of us is able to personally answer these questions contributes to whether serenity is a welcome gift or an elusive goal.We know that godliness with contentment is great gain. Paul said that he had learned to be content without the advantage of circumstances.

How do we process the losses of significance in ways that build a bridge to serenity?

I would love to learn what you have learned. I will watch for your comments.

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One Response to From Significance to Serenity

  1. Shirlee Vandegrift says:

    Many years ago I left a well-paying job that was killing me, but I was willing to accept the sigificant loss of income. I sought serenity but soon discovered that I needed a purpose. I wasn’t looking to improve the lives of others, just myself. However, God led me to a place where I felt needed, loved and appreciated and I was able to help others. Now I am facing a change that I didn’t seek or even want. I am pouting today about the situation but as I write this my situation becomes clearer and I am confident that God will be with me as he always has been and always will be. Amen.

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