GOOD VERSUS BEST
The greatest enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but good choices which are not quite good enough.
-Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
Read Philippians 1:9-11.
What a prayer! What a request! Paul prays that the Philippians’ love for each other and God would grow, based on a deeper understanding of God’s Word. This kind of love is not based on emotions or fickle and limited human affections. It is eternal, based on a “God said it, so I’m going to live it” mentality. That is a love that will last.
This prayer also applies to the need to discern between good and best. The choice between good and evil is not as difficult as the choice between two good things. Good choices may surround you. Should you spend time with your family at home or go to a fun local event? Should you help start a new Bible Fellowship Group or lead a Discipleship Group? Do you go on a mission trip to Guatemala or find a way to minister to children here?
Sometimes the choices are too many and yet all seemingly good. The Lord wants you to be able to make a wise and discerning decision. The final difference between what is right and best for you may not be apparent until you know what God thinks about those things. The incredible love that only God can give will point to that which is excellent.
Remember that God needs to be your final authority. The “best” opportunity for your closest friend may only be a “good” thing for you. God not only has a specific plan for your life; He also knows what choices would be best for every minute of your day. He can help you balance the needs of your family, church, and job. He can help you keep your relationship with Him as the first priority.
Have you taken the time to write a mission statement for your life? Have you identified a clear set of roles (such as mom/dad, wife/husband, employee/employer) for yourself and what your primary purpose is in each? Evaluate your use of time by imagining your tasks and responsibilities as a jar of marbles. Empty the jar of marbles and ask God to help you decide which ones He wants you to put back.