When Good is the Enemy of Best

Good.  Better.  Best.

Chances are, your life is full of decisions between these three things.

And, maybe at first glance, you think you can’t go wrong with any of them…that there’s no right or wrong answer here.

But, what if I told you you were wrong.

Too often, we settle for good instead of pursuing best.

And, settling for good over and over and over again will never add up to best.

Best is a choice.

It’s a choice that we have to make every day of our lives in every area of our lives…

At home.

At work.

At school.

At church.

In our neighborhoods.

In our relationships.

With our money.

With our time.

With our talents.

With our faith.

Think about all the decisions that you have to make every day in these areas, and then think about the difference between settling for good or pursuing best in them.

Good is easy.  Best is hard work.

Good is safe.  Best is risky.

Good is comfortable.  Best is vulnerable.

Good is instant gratification.  Best is eternal satisfaction.

Good is controllable.  Best is giving up control.

Good is busyness.  Best is fullness.

Good is status-quo.  Best is against the grain.

Good is crowd-pleasing.  Best is God-honoring.

Don’t settle for a life of good when you can pursue the best of life.


And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.  Philippians 1:9-11 (NIV)



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