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Thursday, March 24, 2011

To Settle or Not To Settle?

So, yesterday I settled.  I did.  I settled by purchasing a new purse that would "work", but one that wasn't exactly what I was looking for.  It will "work" and it was $11.00, so I bought it. 

You see....I'm not a "purse" person.  If I could find a purse I liked and keep it for the rest of my life and never have to buy another one, that would be fine with me - in fact, that would be GREAT with me!  But, I am a picky purse person.  Very picky, I guess.  My specific requirements are an attached billfold, a pocket where my cell phone is easy to get to and another pocket where my keys can go.  I typically just get black or brown, but I would be open to other colors if the other criteria were met.  I also like a long strap.

My old purse was hanging by it's strap by a few threads.  I knew it could "go" at any time, but after looking and looking for months (knowing this day was coming soon!), I couldn't find anything that I liked.  I even searched online for a "design your own purse" site....and found one that would be over $400 if I designed it!  Ummmmmmmm, let me think about that for 1/100th of a second..ABSOLUTELY NO!!!  No way would I ever spend that for a purse, even if I had the money!  However, I would be willing to spend maybe $100 for a good/well made one that I was certain would last for many years.

So, I settled......hmmmmm........

A purse isn't any big deal in the scope of life when it comes to "settling", is it?  Not at all.  But think of some things that are important and things that we shouldn't settle on.

1.  Marriage -  We shouldn't settle when we decide to marry someone.  Who we will marry is an important decision and should be thought of as a lifeline commitment.  It mustn't be taken lightly.  The Bible describes the relationship of Jesus and His church as it does a man and his wife and Christ DIED for the church.  So, apparently that relationship is very important.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
Ephesians 5:25-28

2.  Character - We shouldn't settle in our character.  Every day we have the opportunity to grow, to learn, and to change.  If we "settle" on a certain bad character trait in ourselves and never believe we can change and never even try to change it, we've settled.  We've also said to God that we don't believe He can do what He says He can do in our lives.

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. 
Titus 2:11-14

3. Life - We shouldn't settle in life. Our success in the world doesn't have to come from power and prestige, money or fame.  Our success in the world should be from doing whatever it is we do, to the best of our ability and always to honor our Heavenly Father.  If we have blinders on our eyes and never see outside of our little world, we'll become all caught up in "ME".....and "ME" only.  If we keep our eyes focused above - on God....on Jesus....we'll constantly strive to live our lives the best we can and always for Him.  Settling in life is living without faith.  Faith is seeing our life and what it could be from God's perspective instead of our own perspective.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
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