Are You a Pioneer, or a Settler?

For most of us, one day is very much like the next, and today is very much like yesterday.

Things continue, for the most part, very ‘steadily’ from one week to the next.

At times, if we’re not careful, we can get into a rut.

The ‘sameness’ can feel like a prison…IF we have no purpose.

If we have no ‘meaning’ behind the things we do, and no ‘vision’ for where these actions are taking us, then the walls definitely start closing in.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish…” (Prov. 29:18, KJV)

Very often, circumstances can exacerbate this problem. Even the weather can make a difference.

If you combine the ‘routine’ with no Vision, so that it feels like a ‘rut’, then you combine that with the clouds, cold, rain and snow of most Novembers…and the darkness of the winter in the northern states like Michigan, where you go to work in the dark, then get home from work in the dark too…then you’ve got some real potential for discouragement and demoralization!

But we still know this: When Jesus said “I have come to given them life, to the full”–(John 10:10), He was talking about the promise of LIFE–Eternal life, and Full life–that is open to His followers.

That ‘full life’ cannot be sidetracked by clouds…it cannot be derailed by the sun going down earlier in the winter!

God’s ‘fullness’ is a promise, year-round! He wants us to experience it always!

So…why don’t we?

It could be this: It could be that You have taken such a ‘passive’ role in life that you’ve given up the Purpose and Passion that God wants for you. It could be that you’ve gotten so distracted by the ‘stuff’ of this life that you’ve forgotten the REAL Meaning of the everyday in the loving hands of the Father.

A friend of mine challenged me to think about people of faith as either ‘Pioneers’ or as ‘Settlers.

Pioneers are ready to ‘go forward’ with God, striking out on new adventures, new roles, new challenges–all while serving Him and His purpose with passion and ‘gusto’.

Settlers, on the other hand, are content with the way things are today. They get comfortable. They put down roots, set up walls, and put up decorations. They choose not to go any further–with God, or in life.

Therefore, they lose heart.


Maybe You have become a ‘Settler’.

Perhaps you have ‘unplugged’ or ‘disconnected’ from His Purpose and the Vision that He has for you, so that it no longer gives direction and meaning to your day-to-day life.

…and that is a problem!

Thoreau said that “The mass of of men lead lives of quiet desperation” because they have no ‘purpose’.


You and I were meant to live ‘on purpose‘!

We are meant to live for ‘eternal significance‘!

You do have meaning, and this world needs you to tap into that meaning and live it out!


So, what can you do if you’ve ‘lost sight’ of it?

1st, Reconnect with Him!

Go to God in prayer, confess your sin, your apathy and your distraction to Him.

2nd, Ask His forgiveness, through Jesus, for ignoring Him, and

3rd, Recommit yourself to HIS purposes.

Finally, Seek Him and His will in all you do…ask Him to show you the meaning and purpose He has for you (usually found in His Word).



Be sure of this: If you are in a ‘rut’, with no purpose, vision, or passion, that is not how God wants you to live.

Rather, He invites you to join Him–or to Re-join Him–in His Eternal purpose, to adopt His fulfilling Vision, and to go at it with the Passion that He supplies.

The offer is there for you…He’ll help you find it!

Let’s go!


Published by Pastor Dave Johnson

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Lori, Proud Father to 6 great kids, Co-Pastor of Kalamazoo Community Church. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan.

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