Do you want more from your life? Are you struggling with dissatisfaction in your life or relationships? You’re not alone. We were created for more, yet our fallen nature often causes us to settle for less or holds us back from aspiring for more. But the good news is, there are ways to break this habit and live the life we are meant to live!
Theology of The Body reminds us to stop settling. To see that God wants to fulfill the deepest longings of our heart for a love that doesn’t fail, for relationships that are fulfilling, and for a life that reflects the glory of his grace. Pope St John Paul the Great reminded us that we must keep our eyes, not on what we see in front of us when we look at our broken world and our broken lives, but on what God sees when he looks at us and what God wants to make of our lives and relationships so that his glory could be known in the world through our lives. The truth that will set us free is the truth God sees when he looks at our lives. Our job is to stand up to to our doubts and fears and lean into the vision that God has for us instead so that we can become what we are.
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Here are three ways to stop settling and live the life you are meant to live:
1.Get Your Binoculars–We tend to settle because we get so caught up in the frustrations of the present that we lose sight of the destination to which God is leading us; Namely, a life and relationships that are healthy, whole, and holy. Stop settling for what is in front of you. Get your binoculars and look to the horizon line. Keep imagining what a healthier, whole, and holier life and relationships would look like and start walking toward that. Sometimes it will seem impossibly hard. No Matter. Trust that God’s grace will make up for what you lack and start walking.
2.Take Small Steps–We often settle for surviving because we can’t see ways to make the big changes that need to happen. Remember, big journeys are made up of a million little steps. Ask yourself, “What is one small thing I can do today to make the change I want to see in my life?” Do that, and then ask that question again, and again, and again. Each time, remember that you are fighting against the temptation to survive and, instead, learning to cooperate with God’s grace to live life more abundantly.
3.Turn On Your GPS–We tend to settle when we feel lost. But there is no reason to ever feel lost if you have your GPS, your GOD POSITIONING SYSTEM–that is, PRAYER. When you feel lost and find yourself giving into the temptation to survive in your life or relationships, ask God to help you make the turns you need to make to get back on the path to wholeness, health, and holiness that he wants you to be walking. Just like with a regular GPS, chances are, it will only take a few simple turns for God to get you back on the path.
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