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It’s Easy to Settle for Something Less than God’s Best

We made it through Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Did you do any shopping? Did you get anything great? This may come as a surprise to some of you but I like shopping. Lest I lose the respect of all the men reading this blog let me clarify something. I don’t like going shopping. I like shopping for the perfect gift. I love giving gifts that are just what the person wants. I do not enjoy perusing stores. I don’t mind perusing the internet but I do so with a specific person in mind.

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Over the years I think I have generally been more successful in finding that perfect gift than not. But there have been a few times when the expression on my loved one’s face was an attempt to be thankful rather than a spontaneous jubilant reaction. More often than not that happened because I ran out of time in my shopping and had to settle for something less than I knew was the perfect gift. My family is always gracious but I don’t give gifts to solicit graciousness. I want to see delight in their eyes. But, like I said, I had to settle for something less.

The Challenge to Not Settle for Something Less than God’s Best

I’ve had a couple of conversations with people lately who’ve been going through a difficult time. Their circumstances are different and it’s arguable that their difficulties were not their fault. Almost daily we face challenges to our faith. It’s part of the Christian life. But I was disappointed in how they responded to their hardship. They accepted the emotional and spiritual pain that accompanied the hardship and were just living with it. I was disappointed not in them but for them because I think they settled for something less than what God wants for them.

[Tweet “God doesn’t allow hardship for us to wallow in it but to make us stronger in our faith.”]

How to Not Settle for Something Less than God’s Best

  1. Know what God’s best is. It is the abundant life John 10:10 where you are filled with joy and peace and all hope Romans 15:13.
  2. Understand we all face experiences that steal our joy Romans 8:35.
  3. Recognize you have the power to overcome, whatever your circumstance Romans 8:37.
  4. Remember what it was like when you had the joy of the Lord in your heart 1 Peter 1:8.
  5. Don’t give up! Keep seeking God in the midst of affliction Hebrews 10:32-35.

Are you settling for something less than God’s best for you? Have you let some trial or circumstance steal your joy? Don’t give in! Don’t settle for something less! You will get your joy back!

[Tweet “The joy of the Lord is God’s perfect gift to you!”]

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    Ward Cushman

    My journey of faith started when I was nine years old when I realized that Jesus died and rose again to pay for my sins. At the age of thirteen I felt the call of God on my life for ministry.

    I have been fortunate to work in the marketplace for over ten years and in full-time Christian ministry for over thirty years.

    My passion is to teach God's Word in such a way that it is easy to understand and so that God uses it to bring about life change in those who hear it.

    It is my greatest joy to see God work through me to produce fruit for His glory!