21 Mar The Best…
“Mercedes Benz…the best OR nothing”
I heard this advertisement the other day, and I don’t really know what to do with it. I mean…that tag line is either REALLY pretentious or extremely motivating. I haven’t really decided which side I am taking, but I am leaning one way.
I drive a Chevy. I’m not ashamed of that fact. My car is not flashy but does what I need it to do, when I need it to do it. No one would say my car is the best, but I don’t really have any complaints. I get from point A to point B in a timely manner. My seat is pretty comfortable. The car does need minor repairs occasionally, but it could be a worse…I could have nothing to drive.
How often do we say that? How often do we look at our life and say, “It could be worse”? This is where I agree with the mantra of “The Best or Nothing.” There is a level of optimism and hope when striving for the best. Just as the opposite is true: there is a problem with simply avoiding the worst case because the bar is set really low. That is a recipe to eek our way through life, never reaching our true potential.
To find our potential, there is only one place to turn…or…one person…or…three persons in one…you know where I am going…God! God is the best…and there is nothing else. There certainly is life outside of God, but life will never be the best it can be.
If we are striving for ANYTHING other than God, we will arrive at nothing. Let’s think about that. That means if we go after a career God hasn’t called us to, we are heading down a dead end road. If we attach ourselves to people God doesn’t want us with, we are using the wrong set of keys to get into our house. If we busy ourselves with things that don’t serve God and aren’t good for us, we are trying to cram our feet into shoes that don’t fit. We are choosing difficulty and discontent, and we will have nothing to show for it.
Let’s revisit what John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, famously said with his last words, “The best of all, God is with us.” God is the best, and there is nothing else. If we can agree on that truth, maybe we can make decisions that support it and live our lives believing it. If we strive for the best, we will have the results we long for.
Blessings to you,