Wednesday

Loss Aversion in purpose discovery

The day I heard the word 'loss aversion' it struck a chord in me. Though it is commonly used in economics to explain gain and loss, well, the phrase inspired something I'll like to share.
Sometimes ago, I wanted to do the 100 goals challenge but I was only able to write 62 goals, and recently I went through them, there were some I had achieved, some I didn't and many were futuristic. But one thing was missing, PURPOSE.

Though big, yet much of those goals I can achieve now because I have a LIFE. But I can't but ask, what if I am not living on purpose and yet I was able to fulfill those goals, would I be willing to lay it down for God? Would I be willing to let God take the wheel?

As for me, I may say God gave me what to do because I did not know what to do, yes He set up a life for me and now I know better that the source of a thing is it sustenance. But there is someone who has set up a life that he perceive was right and of course he was fine doing it, until you tell him about Jesus and the plan God has for him, all of a sudden, loss aversion sets in.

It is not as easy as we think.

Well, it only becomes easier by the day as our knowledge of God increases. Now, lets define loss aversion.

"loss aversion refers to people's tendency to prefer avoiding losses to acquiring equivalent gains: it's better to not lose $5 than to find $5". - Wikipedia

The loss and gain here is what I call 'a life'. Why should I choose a God's kind of life over my life? Why should I dump my goals, visions and purpose for God's? A God I am yet to see? Of course, a serious Christains knows his old life and God's life are not the same, but maybe not everyone knows this.

Talking about purpose discovery, one with loss aversion may think, what if I say yes to God and His purpose for my life, does that means I have to leave my job as a medical doctor and become a missionary somewhere? Does that means I have to change my lane?

Thinking about this question, this cool guy came to my mind. Remember the rich young man in Matthew 19:16-22, who would not give up the life and riches he had for the life and riches in Christ? I can only wonder if the man thought life would end in his generation but here we are, thousands of years later and he is no more, what has become of those great riches? Where is he now? Did he later repent and go back to Jesus? I can only wonder.

Talking about loss aversion, Jesus said in Matthew 16:25-26 "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"

Scientists have now discovered that living a life of purpose is the best thing that could happen to a man. Yet many scientist would rather stick to the 'science way to purpose' rather than 'God's purpose'. Some out of foolishness, have made themselves an 'intelligent fools' stuck to vain beliefs. While some are not ready to let go of the life they think they possess, they feel they have a reputation to protect. They wonder the kind of life God could have for them in Jesus, but how will they know until they hand over their lives and ways to God?

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