Even the word seems, well, – extreme. Isn’t moderation a good thing? You know exercise moderately, eat moderately, and keep a work/life balance.
The trouble is moderation doesn’t change your life. Moderation doesn’t change the world. Moderation is the cynical seducer.
I’ve met several people that have suffered through bypass surgery. They believed they were moderately healthy. They couldn’t figure out why they had a heart attack. Were it not for modern cardiac surgery, they would be dead. Yet, when I tried to gently encourage these fortunate survivors to take their diet and lifestyle to the peak level, they thought it too extreme.
Dean Ornish, the first doc to prove heart disease could be reversed by diet and lifestyle said, “Moderation will kill you.” More Brussel sprouts, broccoli and no cake…… or have your chest cut open? Pass the veggies please.
Extremism has never been popular. The crazy ones are extreme. Do people think you’re crazy? You’re in good company.
Think on these characters that were anything but moderate.
- Noah was extreme! He build a boat the size of a cruise ship and it had never rained. He and his family were the only ones to survive the flood.
- Mahatma Gandhi fought for freedom in India and the world without every wielding a weapon or resorting to violence.
- Abraham agreed to sacrifice his son when the extreme God of heaven asked him too. God provided a lamb, saved Isaac and showed Abraham and every generation since that the true God would give his own son so all of our precious children could live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. led a whole civil-rights revolution grounded on non-violent christian principles.
- Jesus was a threat to the ruling class because of his extreme teachings. Love your enemies. Do good to those that persecute you. No one comes to the Father but by me.
Extreme spiritual growth
Extreme business growth
This year, I’m throwing moderation out the window. I’m all in for extremism.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:20
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