I came across this powerful line in Patrick Morley’s newest book Man Alive (p. 13)
You don’t have to settle for being half-alive.
I thought about this for several days. I think it stayed with me because I’ve seen so many men and women who shut down long before they actually died.
- The man who sits in his recliner at 40 years of age and complains about being old.
- The woman who seems to have shut down once her children left home.
- The man in his 50s who constantly talks about the years in which he played high school football.
- The minister who sounds bland and bored as he speaks to the congregation.
So what do half-alive people look like?
Half-alive people have a faith that never even comes close to doing anything remotely daring.
Half-alive people talk repeatedly about their experiences or formal education as they attempt to communicate their value while revealing their heightened self-consciousness.
Half-alive people often want a pass from whatever expectations others might have. Such people will sometimes try to excuse themselves from responsibility because they were victims who never got the breaks.
Half-alive people settle for comfort, ease, and no risk.
Half-alive people often perceive the best days of their lives as being behind them. They talk about themselves as being old not realizing that their worst enemy is not their biological age but their self pity.
Half-alive people get into mindless routines. They are bland, feeling or believing nothing very deeply.
Half-alive people can be found in church leadership roles as they perfunctory serve even though their passion for the work and the church’s mission died long ago.
Half alive people often find a way to sabotage the living through their passive-aggressiveness. They douse the flame of any person who might have passion for ministry.
You and I don’t have to settle for being half-alive.
Realizing this is half the battle.
What do you do to keep from settling for a half-life?