Willing to Settle?

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I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope (Jeremiah 29:11, Common English Bible).

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” C.S. Lewis

“You get in life what you are willing to settle for.” I find that an interesting thought. A little over a year ago I wanted a new guitar and I was pretty determined I was going to get one. I had been looking at a sweet classical guitar. A classical was exactly what I wanted but in truth I had never heard of this particular brand guitar so I wasn’t sure. Christmas was coming (no I wasn’t expecting anyone to buy me that new guitar). Christmas coming had a great deal more to do with what the dealer had in stock. He told me he was getting in a couple of new guitars, classical guitars and then I would be able to look at a few and compare.

I really wanted to go ahead and make the purchase. I was afraid if I didn’t go ahead and buy the new guitar I might spend the money on something else and completely miss out on having a new guitar.

In the end I decided I would wait. The new guitars came in, I sat and played all of them and I decided on the one I had looked at all along. When it was all said and done, all the guitars were in the same price range. They were equipped about the same. What it would really come down to was, which one did I like best. That turned out to be the one I had looked at longest.

Had I decided to buy the guitar before having the chance to compare I would have been settling on what was available. By waiting, I got to decide on what I really wanted.

The same can be true of our spiritual lives. How often are we willing to settle for what is easiest instead of claiming all God has to offer for us. God, speaking through Jeremiah reminds us that God has great plans for us. And, God’s plans are greater than anything we might dream of or imagine.

We seem to be willing to settle for the cheap guitar when we could get the good guitar instead. We are willing to settle for a hamburger and a coke when we could have had a fine cut of beef and the best choice of wine.

In the end, the key is, don’t settle for easy when God has the best in mind for you. Pray about what is there and what may still be to come. Don’t settle for what the world has to give. Instead reach out for all that God has in store for you. It is up to us. We can settle or we can reach.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Grace and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2016, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Author:

"The Pastor Ponders" is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. Bishop and I live in Sweeny, Texas where I am the pastor of First United Methodist Church. I have served here for the past two years. For the past 27 years I have served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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