Why Settle?

by Lee Buford on July 23, 2012

You can have the cookie instead of the cheesecake, or the hot dog instead of the filet mignon. You can enjoy the taste of any or all of the above, to some degree at least.

You can choose the tent instead of the house. Either puts a roof over your head. Or you can buy the bike instead of the car. You can get around town with either.

Assuming we truly have the option to choose, all decision making affords us the option to settle for something less than ideal. I’m not talking about decisions made out of necessity, hardship, etc., but decisions where two or more options are both available and attainable. Sometimes the option to settle presents itself as a seemingly appealing decision. It often looks good, appears to cost less, and promises to be less painful. It’s the easy way out. It seems new, refreshing, and exciting. It may even feel like the best option, or it may simply feel like the only option. But given an option, rest assured, the decision to settle is the choice to willingly forfeit the opportunity to have something much more enjoyable and fulfilling.

‘Second best’ is ‘second best’ because it’s not ‘BEST’!

Not because you’re forced to settle, but because you’re choosing to do so. And, to make matters worse, you know you’re making that choice, the wrong choice…you’re aware that you ought to be doing just the opposite. Sure, you can tell yourself otherwise, and less than ‘best’ may even satisfy for a season; but the long-term dissatisfaction is sure to be a painful reminder of the compromise made along the way.

It’s definitely a choice, your choice, to settle or not.

Our marriages and relationships afford us that choice. So do our careers, our friends, and our investments. In our walks with Christ we can choose the ultimate joy found only in abiding in Him, or we can settle for whatever fleeting moments of happiness our own endeavors produce.

Refusing to settle is not always easy. In fact, it’s often more difficult because it requires more work, more investment, more perseverance, and more faithfulness. There’s no quitting when we decide NOT to settle. There are no substitutions or shortcuts. Choosing NOT to settle requires that we refuse to accept anything less than God’s design, desire, and purpose for our lives.

But we all get to choose. In most everything we do there’s the option to settle for less, for second best, or for something far less than ‘best’. And, as we already know, that choice is always the wrong decision. Always!

So why even consider the compromise? Why choose the less fulfilling option? Why choose the certain regret and disappointment? Why walk away from the real peace, joy, and contentment found only in NOT settling for ‘second best’?

Why settle?



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