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why do people settle

Why do people settle for mediocre when God offers so much more?

It might be that we think it’s too hard to live a life worthy of God. But why would Paul pray that the Colossians would “live a life worthy of the Lord” (Colossians 1:10) if it wasn’t possible to do so?

Richard Lucas puts it this way:

“It is inconceivable that God should forgive the past, and then send us back incapable of living a new life. Pardon without deliverance would be a mockery, and it is never so contemplated in the New Testament.”

In other words, it is not in the character to forgive your past and then send you off to face the future alone.

Some people opt for mediocrity because they think pursuing excellence is too costly. Their reasoning is that it will cost them time, effort, and perhaps even money.

It’s actually the opposite.

Choosing to remain mediocre will cost you even more. It will cost you the chance for a better day, a better relationship, a better marriage, a better career, or a greater impact.

The next time you are tempted to settle for mediocrity, consider the cost.

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