What does living your best life really mean? After all, there are so many self-help books out there and different options on living it! With all of the literature and noise available, I am so honored that you are allowing me the chance to give you my take on this!
With the weather getting warmer, and walking season in full swing, I am often reminded of my sweet little doggie, Wicket, who loved going for walks. Not only did he know the word “walk,” he knew how to spell it! He would excitedly greet me every day when I arrived home from work, in hopes we would go out. In this way, my little doggie helped me live better by getting me out for some fresh air and exercise!
Wicket really got me thinking about this one day, as we strolled about the neighborhood. He knew we had three walk patterns:
OPTION ONE, the “Good” option: A quick walk around the block. Granted, it was better than nothing, but not what he had in mind.
OPTION TWO, the “Better” option: We would walk a little further, giving us each a chance to really stretch our legs.
OPTION THREE, the “Best” option: We would walk the farthest, and through the most unique areas in our neighborhood!
This little pup had no way of knowing which way we would go each time we went out the door. Obviously, he wanted to ensure we didn’t take the “Good” short path, so he would pull with all his might to the “Better” path! What he never seemed to grasp was that -depending on time and weather- I always took the “Best” and longest path! Struggle as he might for the “Better” path, I would pull him along until he finally realized -to his delight- we were taking the “Best” path, and that he should have just trusted me all along!
I no longer have the pleasure of walking with my little doggie, but I am often reminded of the things he taught me. Just as we want the best for our families and pets, God wants the best for us! For me, the unknown path of life can be a bit scary and I often miss out on the best because I am tempted to settle for the comfort of the “better” that I can see! The Lord uses unexpected places and creatures to remind us to trust in Him; my sweet little girl told me just this morning, “WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD!” My mama heart beamed with happiness, and I said, “That’s right, baby, and He wants the best for us!” If you have never committed your life to the Lord and would like to learn more about becoming a child of God, let my sweet friend Lisa tell you more about how you can!
So, how do we get from settling for a better life to living the best life? You have probably figured out that if you want good things in life, you have to ask for them, look for them, and be proactive! We need to start by asking the Lord to show us the best path, to seek His will through reading the Word and through prayer, and to knock like a child who really wants the neighbor kid to come out and play with them! Sometimes it can feel like the “better” path is where we’ll be stuck; close, but not quite what we’d hoped for. Take heart, my friend, because He has the best path for you!
Ask, Seek, Knock
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” – Mathew 7: 7-11
Did you get an answer to your ask or direction to your path? HOORAY if you did, but don’t be sad if you didn’t; some days the answer is WAIT. It’s kind of like when I tell my children they have to wait until after dinner for dessert! In the times of wait, it can be so tempting to pull towards the “better” path and think the best will never come. In tough times, I like to focuses on verses like this one:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” -Proverbs 3:5-6 English Standard Version (ESV)
Over the years, my husband and I have kept a prayer journal, which has helped tremendously to see how our asks have been answered and the best has been given!
I would love to hear from you about how you find the best in your life! Sound off in the comments below!
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