Life On Demand

We live in an on-demand society. We have a lot of options, so we can typically have what we want when we want it. I wonder how on-demand impacts our discovery.

I have favorites at various coffee shops. I usually choose hot chocolate or iced tea since I’m not a coffee drinker. I know what I like at my most frequented shops, Starbucks and Panera. While I was traveling recently, Coffee Bean was more convenient. I like Coffee Bean, but there are none around where I live. I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and try something I couldn’t get at one of my favorite places. I told the server I wanted some sort of iced tea and a muffin and asked what she recommended.


I didn’t demand; I discovered. And I liked it! I went again the next day and got a different muffin and a different iced tea. A group of people celebrated together later that night, and I tried yet another flavor of iced tea – and discovered Coffee Bean has frozen yogurt. Of the available flavors, I ordered the one different from my default setting.

How can I find out what I like if I don’t try new things?

It’s just as important to discover what we don’t like as it is to discover what we do. In fact, it’s often not about our likes and dislikes at all. That’s the end result, but the process is often equally, if not more, important. Discovery is the process.

We can’t demand discovery. We can only seek it.

Consider the “usuals” in your life. Walk through your routine.

  • What is your typical drink order? When and why did your current “on demand” begin?
  • Where do you take your car to be serviced? When and why did your current “on demand” begin?
  • Where do you shop for groceries? When and why did your current “on demand” begin?
  • Where do you attend worship services? When and why did your current “on demand” begin?
  • Where do you meet with friends? When and why did your current “on demand” begin?

At some point, you had to discover something new. Perhaps you accepted advice or began a routine by default. Making no decision is still making a decision.

What you demand tomorrow is today’s discovery.

Be intentional. Pay attention to the “whys” of your “whats.” God created you with purpose. He created you to think and interact with the world around you. Put the two together and intentionally discover his purpose, one adventure at a time.

Dear friend, listen well to my words;  tune your ears to my voice.  Keep my message in plain view at all times.  Concentrate! Learn it by heart!  Those who discover these words live, really live;  body and soul, they’re bursting with health. Proverbs 4:20-22 (The Message)

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