By Stephen Carpenter
I was with [my daughter], Meredith in Phoenix a [few weeks ago]—National Championship game. You may have heard about it.
Anyhow, as we were driving around I mentioned how the city is not that appealing of a place. It is rather barren out there. Desolate. She mentioned it is also stifling hot in the summer. Dry heat. Like an oven. Meredith then expressed wonder about the people who first settled there. Why? What were they thinking? If only they would have gone further west for a couple of more days they would have come to some of the most beautiful terrain our country offers. But they stopped and settledPhoenix.
We sometimes stop and settle for less than the best as well. Maybe we grow weary? Maybe we find the Christian life too demanding? But settling for less than what God has determined is our best is sad.
[We sometimes need to stop and think] about who we want (and need) to be. God has given us a pretty clear blueprint and has promised us that if we follow his lead we will find the greatest joy in life.
Our goal should not be merely to die and go to heaven, but to become who we were created to be and thereby experience life to its fullest.
In Romans 12:2 (NIV) we have this warning: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”