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Do Not Settle

"For I know the plans I have for you,? declares the LORD, ?plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.?  Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Photo courtesy of microsoft ofice.“Do not settle. Not for anything. Not for your semi-best, not for the guy you like right now but isn't … for you. Not for anything. God has a great plan for your future, so don't settle for your own mediocre plans.”

Those words, posted by my friend Brandi on a social networking site, speak volumes about her sense of worth and commitment to the One who created her. She recognizes God made her for a purpose, and that purpose surpasses anything she or anyone else might envision. Only when she allows God to work through her can she be her best self.

Brandi values relationships with family and friends but recognizes her relationship with God exceeds all those. She knows when she loves God completely, she can love others better. Brandi doesn’t stop at seeking God’s will for her own life. She shares her faith with others — not with a heavy hand, but gently and persistently. She wants everyone, whether family, friends, acquaintances, or perfect strangers, to know the peace and joy she experiences daily. Above all, she wants them to become a part of God’s family and share an eternal home in heaven with her.

God’s best or less than the best? That’s a no-brainer for my friend. God’s plans for us are amazing, and His promise to prosper us comes in so many unique ways. He offers us hope and a future far beyond what we can imagine.

Recognize and accept God’s purpose for your life. Don’t settle for less than the best. If you know God personally, share His love, hope, peace, and joy with the people you encounter. Invite them to join you as a part of God’s eternal, never-failing family. Help others seek the best.

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Diana Derringer

Diana Derringer is author of Beyond Bethlehem and Calvary: 12 Dramas for Christmas, Easter, and More! She writes for several publications and enjoys traveling with her husband and serving as a friendship family to international university students. She offers life lessons from English expressions at dianaderringer.com.


  1. So true, Diana. It's easy to go with the flow and settle for what seems good at the time rather than wait on God.