Spiritual Practice


Diana Derringer

“Do not settle for anything—not for your semi-best, not for the guy you like but who isn’t right for you, not for anything. God has great plans for your future, so don’t settle for your mediocre plans.”

My friend Brandi posted those words on a social networking site. They speak volumes about her sense of worth and her commitment to God. She recognizes that God’s purposes for her life surpass anything she envisions. Only when she allows God to work through her can she be her best self. Brandi values her relationships with family and friends, but her relationship with God exceeds them. By loving God completely, she can love others better.

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Brandi doesn’t stop at seeking God’s will for her life. She tells other people about her faith—not with a heavy hand, but gently and persistently. She wants them to know the peace and joy she experiences daily. She wants them to become a part of God’s family and to share an eternal home with her.

God’s best or less than the best? For my friend, that’s a no-brainer. It should be for the rest of us too, don’t you think?


TRY IT: Write a Facebook status. Tweet your faith. Send an email. Talk with a friend. Find ways to tell people what you believe.

—from devozine (July/August 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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