The Best Way to Be a Christian is to Not Seek Success

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In 2012, a book came out called Quiet by Susan Cain and it quickly skyrocketed the New York Times Bestsellers list. The book talked about how quiet and introverted people are actually needed in society. Now, I haven’t been able to read the entire book yet, but when I first heard of its theme, I was a bit perplexed.

“Isn’t that common sense?”, I thought. Why does society need to be educated on the idea that the quiet, introverted people in society are actually more valuable than the louder, extroverted personalities? My wife, who is an introvert, found the book refreshing and once I read this quote from Susan Cain, I understood why:

The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some, it’s a Broadway spotlight; for others, a lamplit desk. Use your natural powers — of persistence, concentration, and insight — to do work you love and work that matters. Solve problems. make art, think deeply.

It then struck me on a broader level that our society is ultimately so obsessed with the “producers” and elevating their status so that people become attracted to the loudest, most self-evidently producing individuals in society. This problem bleeds into Christianity in our Western society as well. It’s become quite a big problem.

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