(From Ngina – This is a guest post by Dave Arnold. More about Dave at the end of this post)
Are you tired of making choices that lead you away from your purpose?
Do you feel pulled to measure up to others’ expectations? Are you tired of settling? Of languishing?
The truth: You don’t have to live this way. But it requires making some choices.
There’s a song I’m particularly drawn to and convicted by. The song is called “I Refuse,” by Josh Wilson.
One of the lines in the song says:
“I refuse to sit around and wait for someone else, to do what God’s called me to do myself”
I refuse. Two powerful words.
As a young person in college, I was challenged by a speaker at chapel one day.
He said, “Don’t miss out on God’s best for your life. You can choose good things, live a mediocre or average life; or you can choose best things and live a full life.”
I was so challenged by this message. After chapel, I poured out my heart to God. I made a decision that day – the spring of 1995 – to no longer settle for second-best. To no longer live mediocre. I wanted God’s best for my life.
His best for marriage…
His best for my calling…
His best for where He wanted to live…
Now, I cannot say I’ve always lived up to this. I’ve failed many times. A lot. But God always brings me back to this challenge…
Do I want God’s best for my life?
In the Bible, the Apostle Paul said,
“So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us” (Philippians 3:15, The Message).
Did you hear that? Keep focused and seek to desire everything God has for you.
So how do we do this? How do we choose God’s best?
1. Learn to Say No.
No is a powerful word. But it’s also a word that’s hard for many of us, especially if you are a people-person.
But it’s crucial to learn to say no. Because if you don’t say no, you will compromise your purpose and miss out on what you should be doing.
It’s so easy to get pumped up and feel passionate about changing or growing. But nothing ever happens if you don’t act.
The Bible makes this so clear. What good is faith if it doesn’t cause us to act?
If you have a dream or a vision, great. Act on it! Make a plan. Do something every day that moves you toward your goal.
3. Surround Yourself with Passionate People.
This is huge. If you really want to experience God’s best for your life, surround yourself with people who will inspire you, who will push you to be the very best version of you.
The truth is, you can’t experience God’s best in isolation. You need others around you.
Refuse to comprise or live a mediocre life!
Question: What is one thing you can do today to move toward God’s best for your life? Please share in Comments.
About Dave: Dave Arnold is a writer and speaker with a passion for hospitality and helping immigrants in the Detroit-area. He is the founder of www.reflectionsfromthealley.org. You can connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.