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The Power of Dissatisfaction

September 2, 2013 9 Comments

Visions form in the hearts of those who are dissatisfied with the status quo.” – Andy Stanley


Nothing kills success or vision more than being satisfied with life as it is. (Tweet This) No matter where we are in life God has something greater. (Tweet This

 In ministry I frequently encounter people who have lost hope. They seem to live from one tragedy to the next. This kind of life becomes their expectation. They think that this is just the way it is. They accept life today as the norm. 

 There is also great danger in success. Success can lead to complacency and the failure to continue to grow.  Success can blind us from the vision of our full potential.

 God will often create within us dissatisfaction with where we are. It is dissatisfaction with the norm and a stirring in our souls that there has to be something more to life.

 When this dissatisfaction comes, the ground work is laid for the birth of a new vision. No longer is our life defined by our current circumstances. No longer is our life defined by logic or what we see.  Our life becomes defined by what could be. 

 Have you accepted where you are today as normal? Are you OK with where you are in life?

 Never allow yourself to be satisfied with where you are in life. God has something greater for you, and if you allow him, he will stretch you to get there.  Let God build in you a dissatisfaction that will ultimately draw you to him and to the great purpose he created you for. 

 So if you are dissatisfied pray that God will reveal to you where he is leading you. 

Dissatisfaction leads to:

  • A Good restlessness with life as it is.
  • The possibility that God has something more for your life.
  • The prodding to get you to step out in faith.
  • Motivation to refocus on what is really important in life. 

 Out of the struggle of dissatisfaction is the birthing of great potential. (Tweet This)


The Andy Stanley quote is from: Visioneering: God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Vision

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 What are you dissatisfied with and what will you do about it?

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About the Author:

I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story. I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 25 years. We currently live in Stockbridge Georgia with two of our children Matt and Victoria. Our oldest Chris has left the nest. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Taffy.
  • Great Stanley quote! I’ve found when we are walking in our God given purpose we are never dissatisfied with the journey. Walking with and in our calling leads us down the greatest adventures.

    • Thanks as always Dan for joining the conversation. It can also be frustrating when God gives a glimpse of grand vision yet seems like we have no clue on how to get there.

      • My pleasure, glad to read and comment on great content.

  • The Cynic Youth

    My missionary-ministry-devoted girlfriend cheated on me, I moved back to my hometown with lower salary pay to salvage the relationship, I have a growing college tuition fee loan.

    • I am sorry to hear about your struggles. What is your plan to move forward in a positive direction?

      • The Cynic Youth

        Not sure. I am deeply wounded by the betrayal, she said she wants to come back to me and end the affair. But the other guy is still in the same workplace as her, I don’t know if it has really ended or not. Totally horrified after knowing the details of the affair. I feel bitter too, how when she comes back with me, she felt so cold, especially after knowing how intense she was in her affair. At the turning point, she did feel guilty, flawed and not worthy for me.

        I didn’t want her to regret her actions so I gave her some time to rethink about things, and ended up choosing me albeit with an exhausted heart.

        I haven’t smiled sincerely for about half a year now.

        • I am sorry you have been hurt. As long as we live in this fallen world we are prone to wound one another. Whether or not you take your girlfriend back will require some deep prayer. Sorry I have no easy answers. God is the only one that can help you over the hurt. One of the first steps is you will need truly forgive her. Forgiveness is as much for your benefit as it is for her’s. So my basic question is do you have a relationship with Jesus? If you have been caring this around for a year and half, it seems that you are depending too much on others for your happiness. God is our only true source for peace and joy. We still walk tough situations but he is there to help us through them.

          • The Cynic Youth

            Yes I do have relationship with Jesus which is why I chose to ask her to take a 3 months time to think with a cool head so she doesn’t go on with her other person and regret her actions. I do not want her to be guilt-ridden and might make her ministry unfruitful.

            It is not as easy as anyone think, seriously. If with God alone, everyone can feel happy everyday, then there would be no more tears in a Christian’s life, which isn’t. I am unhappy and dissatisfied but still preserving the faith.

          • Forgive me if I gave the indication that it was easy. Keep persevering, make sure you stay around some positive friends. I will pray that God gives you the wisdom and the courage to make the right decision.