Willing to Settle?


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,

Copyright 2016, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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