I have a confession to make.
I started writing about something entirely different before these words jumped into my brain and onto this platform. Why? I was…settling. Gross, I know. I was writing about something that didn’t interest me in the slightest bit but was an easier write.
SO, based on my own poor choices I decided that this was a much better topic of discussion.
Don’t settle. Never, ever, ever, ever, ever is there going to be a time where settling for something less than you are capable of, or worthy of as a creation of our Heavenly Father is the right move.
This goes for a lot of things, but we’ll go through a little list instead of settling for a broad overview. (ha, ha.)
If you think going out instead of writing a 10-page paper that is worth 20% of your grade is the correct move, you are settling for way less than you are capable of.
If you think settling for that job because you don’t think you’re capable of raising your skill level enough to snatch the job you actually want, you’re settling as well.
Lastly, if you are settling for a relationship with someone because you’re afraid you’ll never find someone who is worthy enough to spend the rest of their life with you, PLEASE STOP SETTLING.
Seriously though, if they aren’t honoring God and putting Him front and center, what makes you think they will honor a marriage to you for the rest of their life?
Settling comes from fear. Fear of the unknown, loneliness, and a million other things.
You know what God says about fear? To give it up, “for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Why is fear so good at removing peace? It’s so easy to fall into fear when we aren’t giving God full control of our lives. It’s a lot easier to stay inside of our comfort zones and settle rather than do something that gives us that gross feeling of anxiety.
But here’s the truth about settling and a humanly desire to live for ourselves.
God didn’t settle when it came to Him sending His son to die a cruel death for our sins so that we could be forgiven.
Christ has given us everything. When we settle for something that isn’t glorifying God, we are doing absolutely nothing to advance His kingdom.
I’m calling myself out because I like my own little space and I like comfort, but this isn’t how we reach people.
God is with us. That’s some distinctive truth that is repeated to us hundreds of times in His Word.
We don’t have to settle because God isn’t going to lead us anywhere that He doesn’t want us to be.
This is frustrating. I wish it was easy to be bold all of the time, but it isn’t.
We just have to trust Christ, put on a brave face, and stop settling.