Where Do You Need to Swim Against the Current?


“A dead thing can go with the stream,  but only a living thing can go against it.”GK Chesterton

If this week proves to be typical, chances are you and I will have more opportunities to “go with the flow” than to be different.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Patterns and routines are what make our commutes predictable and ensure our recipes are delicious.

Still, there should be a concern when the only way we live is the way everyone else lives.  We are all designed to be creative and unique, and, as a result, some percentage of our decisions (even if it’s a small percentage) should be decidedly out of step with the norm.

Think of broad areas of your life where “average” may feel like too low a bar. There are the typical targets: eating, sleeping, reading, and exercise.

But there are also the less obvious areas where we can be different: how we manage our family schedule, the attention we give our marriage, the way we grow our faith, and how we treat our neighbors.

We should be strategic when we pick up our feet and flow down stream with the crowd, but we should also intentionally decide where we want to swim against the prevailing current.

Are there any areas of your life where you feel the need to swim upstream?