Laodicea was an ancient Grecian city. The Laodiceans produced a glossy, black wool that was prized by the wealthy all over the world. The city was also well-known for its medical industry and as a financial center.

Seemingly, their only major challenge was that they did not have a good water supply. They built huge aqueducts and transported cold water from Colossae and hot water from the hot springs in Hierapolis. Both efforts were disappointing. The water arrived in Laodicea lukewarm.

Whether we’re talking about coffee or iced tea, if it’s supposed to be hot, most people want it really hot. If it’s supposed to be cold, we want it really cold.

Life is like that. Nobody likes mediocrity. We’re not attracted to it and we’re certainly not inspired by it. And . . . . . like the water in Laodicea, the natural tendency is for us to end up in that condition.  Is there a solution? I think so. We can either quit and become really cold, or we can commit ourselves to a personal growth plan and become really hot.

Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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