… since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” Galatians 4:7
“Nebraska … The Good Life.” The slogan never appealed to me. Each time I crossed the state line traveling back from work in Iowa, I looked at the sign and thought, I hope the person who came up with that silly slogan understands that there is a “better” and a “best.” Nebraska deserves more than a “good” rating.
Sometimes I use that label for my life and slump into living in a state of “good” when I know there is a “better” and a “best.” You know those times, don’t you? The days you feel defeated and disillusioned even though you have a roof over your head and plenty of food in the refrigerator?
They’re the times when …
… someone else is promoted before you even though you have more experience and education
… your child thinks his friend’s mom is cooler than you; she doesn’t make him go to church
… even though your income is sufficient, you allowed your bank account to slip into overdraft
… you sit at home alone, wondering what’s keeping your husband so late and why he doesn’t call
Life is a constant struggle, spent working hard at home, in the workplace and relationships, and it seems there is little received in return for the effort expended. Social media taunts us with highlight reels from others’ lives. It’s as though others are either born with a silver spoon in their mouths, know the right people, or somehow miraculously have things fall right into their laps. Great things happen to the beautiful people and the rich get richer. It’s more than exasperating — it is demoralizing.
It’s also a trick. The enemy delights in messing with our minds.
Grappling with my own lack of living the “best” life, my friend told me, “You’re limiting yourself with your thinking. God wants more for you than just ‘settling.'”
“I think I have patterned my ways after significant people in my life. As I watched them settle for a life of ‘just enough to get by’ — and sometimes even less — I adopted the belief that that was also my lot in life.”
My friend then challenged me to envision how I wanted to see myself in 20 or 30 years. I was a little hesitant in my answer.
“Well … if I’m not in a wheelchair by then …” I began.
“Okay. So stop there,” he said. “This is about where you would like to see yourself, not how limited you think you will be.”
The deeper we probed into my thought process, the more difficult it became for me to see how the “best” was achievable. I had been thinking small for so long, I couldn’t see myself with no limits, until … and the light suddenly switched on!
“I have worked hard for everything I have,” I said, “and I keep thinking I have to work for the ‘best’ in life, and I’m worn out.”
“Why do you have to work for it?” he asked. You’re trying to control it. That tells me you haven’t completely surrendered your life and the outcome into God’s hands.”
I started to cry.
Satan convinced me that I was so bad and dirty and undeserving of God’s gifts that I would have to earn them myself, and I believed myself right out of receiving.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19
The eyes of my heart had been veiled. I had not claimed the luxurious inheritance and His incomparably great power that God had been waiting for me to receive. I’m not talking prosperity gospel. I’m talking about dreaming, goal-setting, and giving my best effort, submitting it all to God, then living victoriously, allowing God to work out the details as I experienced the “best” He had planned all along to give me.
In order for one to receive an inheritance, a death must occur. Jesus did His part by dying a horrible death so I could have the “best” life. What needs to be put to death on my part is my will and believing Satan’s lie. God wants me to experience the riches of His glorious inheritance RIGHT NOW!
He wants more for you than “good.” He wants you to have His “best,” and He wants you to receive it TODAY!
Because you are what God says that you are! You are enough!
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Pam Freitag Weyant traded the harsh Midwestern winters for the sunny South. Her best friends are her stenography machine (she works as a freelance court reporter), her aged but adorable cocker spaniel Jake, and words. She is grateful for time spent traveling, writing creative nonfiction, and working out. The most important goal she hopes to reach every day is sharing her story with others so they can also find freedom in a redemptive Savior. Read more of Pam’s Breath on Paper bio here.