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Never Settle

As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.  Psalm 42:1

Photo courtesy of pixabay. The absence of bad does not equate to good.

After sampling new cuisine, I sometimes say, “That’s not bad.” This can mean I either enjoyed it or tolerated it. But there’s a big difference between tolerating something new and enjoying your favorite meal. I love authentic Mexican food, but I tolerate Taco Bell as “not bad.”

When thinking there’s nothing wrong with something or someone, we create a value vacuum where the absence of “best” pulls in a “not bad” mentality. Considering something as not bad doesn’t make it good. Just because there’s nothing wrong with someone doesn’t make them the right or optimal choice.

Our impatience sometimes makes us settle for the most available option instead of waiting for the best. Then we justify our choices with the “It’s not bad” or “There’s nothing wrong with it” mentality. We forget quality should never be optional.

I’m sometimes guilty of justifying the things God is trying to remove from my life. While I clench the “not bad” and “there’s nothing wrong with it,” He refines and transforms me in His effort to make me more like Jesus (Romans 8:29).

Christ stands before me, hands outstretched to receive the things that hold me back and the desires to which I cling (Hebrews 12:1). He awaits all the traits and habits I am putting off to replace them with what I am putting on (Ephesians 4:17-32). Out with the old, in with the new (II Corinthians 5:17).

In this newness of life, God moves me from the permissible to the perfect. There is no mediocrity, partiality, or ambiguity with Him. He is sovereign and knows what’s best. The question is whether I will accept His best and settle for nothing less—even if what presents itself is okay, not bad, or not necessarily sinful.

Never settle for less than God’s best or accept “not bad” when God offers “premium selection.” Instead of settling for “there’s nothing wrong with it,” wait for God to deliver His optimal choice.

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Nate Stevens

As a “missionary kid” who grew up in a Christian home and church, Nate Stevens has enjoyed a 30-year banking career in a variety of leadership roles. He is the author of Matched 4 Marriage – Meant 4 Life and a contributing author of Divine Appointments, Christmas Moments, and Spoken Moments. He writes online devotionals for Christian Devotions, www.SingleMatters.com, www.ChooseNOW.org as well as articles for several other publications. Information about his books, devotionals, and articles is available at www.natestevens.net. He is available for speaking engagements at conferences, seminars, and Bible study groups for singles, young adults, young marrieds, and youth. Nate currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, is a newlywed to his beautiful wife Karen, and is an active dad with his two awesome kids, Melissa and Mitchell.