Settling for less

30 Jan

A woman at a previous church always brought dry toast to church on Sunday morning to eat during the worship service. She never enjoyed the muffins and pastries offered in the adult Bible fellowship classes.

Another woman brought a bag of rice cakes to a Christmas party. Rather than partake of the holiday treats, she simply ate from her sack.

Perhaps they were concerned about food allergies and blood sugar. Perhaps they were ultra-disciplined about diet. Perhaps they recognized their limitations and took the approach, “while others can, I cannot.” Whatever the reason, for good or bad, these individuals missed out on more sumptuous fare.

How often do I miss God’s treasure because I am satisfied with the same-ol’-same-ol’? Have I missed God doing a new work because I was satisfied with status quo? How often have I settled for less rather than take the risk to try something new? How many of God’s richest blessings do I not receive because my hands are clutching dry toast and rice cakes?

C. S. Lewis expressed it well when he wrote,

“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.”

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3, ESV)

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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Personal growth, Quotes, Scripture


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