Updated: Apr 8
The Enemy of Greatness: Letting Go of the Good to Pursue the Great
…and said to the entire Israelite assembly, ‘The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us…’
– Numbers 14:7-8
Recently, I started creating an online program for aspiring leaders in data science and AI, which marks the beginning of a meaningful career transition. However, there are times when I feel emotionally low, confused, and lost. I experience moments of uncertainty and despair, although my emotions are generally stable.
Earlier this morning, while reading a message from Pastor Bobby Schuller in bed, the message struck a chord with me. It talked about how God had prepared the Israelites for their transition to the Promised Land. After being enslaved by the Egyptians for hundreds of years, God freed them and they became wealthy. He performed miracles for them, guiding them along the way. However, despite all of these blessings, they did not fully trust God.
During their journey to the Promised Land, 10 out of 12 spies sent out to scout the land returned and reported that it was inhabited by giants. Only two of them said that the giants were nothing compared to the Egyptians and that they could overcome them and posses the land in God's power.
Although the Israelites had been freed from slavery and provided with sufficient provisions, they remained enslaved on the inside. They were afraid of the unknown and wanted to return to their former lives.
This message touched me and was an awakening call for me. I realized that I, too, am on a journey to a promised land that I have been dreaming of for a long time. However, when facing uncertainties, I am tempted to return to the corporate world, where I feel safe and secure with a steady seemly secure monthly income.
In the book "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't" by Jim Collins, he states that "Good is the enemy of great." Like many others, I am holding onto something good that enslaves me and lacks the courage to move forward into the Promised Land, where there is abundant freedom and prosperity.
I am grateful for this message that reminded me to trust in God's plan and to have courage and faith in my journey. It is time for me to let go of my fears and uncertainties and move forward with confidence and focus towards the Promised Land that awaits me.
May you grow to your fullest!
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