What is the enemy of the best? I suppose the answer to this question is obvious. The enemy of the best would be the worst.
In choosing between the best and the worst, your conclusion is almost certain because the selection is quite apparent. Unless you are drunk or under the influence of drugs or you have some mental lapse at the time you are making the decision or someone forced you to pick something that is against your will, you would probably end up getting the worst.
But under normal circumstances and taking out all the factors that will affect your judgement, what do you think would be your biggest challenge in choosing the best?
What is the enemy of your best choice? The enemy of your best choice will be your good choice.
Why is the good enemy of the best?
Let me give you my real-time example. (It’s funny because almost every time I write a blog, I get an instant test on the topic that I’m writing.)
As I start to write this blog, I’m here at my car dealership waiting for my salesman to assist me in completing the payment term for my car. But before talking to them, my wife and I already decided that whatever options we choose the end result should give us more savings.
One of the options they have for me is to get a new car. The offer is very tempting considering that I will be paying lower monthly payments than I use to; having a new car will give me favorable tax breaks; I don’t have to worry about the maintenance of the car for several years and last but not the least, I have the choice of getting a more fuel efficient vehicle.
After talking to my sales consultant, I found out that the savings we can have in buying a new car is almost the same when I keep my old car. I know it sounds too good to be true but I guess it’s the science of marketing and selling. It’s hard when you fall into this predicament of selecting between the good and the best because both are equally favorable.
Who would not like to pay lower payments than you used to for a new car.
It is beneficial for my business to offset the payments against my taxes.
It’s equally good to drive a maintenance free car for a couple of years.
With the gas prices going up, everyone wants to drive a fuel efficient vehicle.
All of these points are very good but is it really the best for us?
Thank God we have learned to handle our finances with a faith perspective or else we would still be deciding based on my old worldly ways. Our decision is to keep our old car and pay it off as fast as we can so we can invest more and we can give more.
This is our secret in battling the enemy of the best. We think about giving!
As Winston Churchill said, ”We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
If you want something for your own good alone, that’s probably not the best. When you live a life where you only think about of yourself, you are only living a good life.
If you want to live the best life, start giving!
It is our habit to ask for big things whenever we pray. We ask big so we can also give big. We start our prayer by saying the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer addresses our daily needs – ”Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11)
After asking for our daily bread, we go on and super-size our prayer!
Jesus says, ”Ask and you will receive.” (Matthew 7:7) If Jesus says that, then it’s okay to ask more than just your daily bread.
I wonder why people are stuck in praying small prayers. Is it because they are concerned to what God may think about them. Are they thinking that God will criticise them for being greedy in their prayers. Are they worried that God will think they are selfish in their prayers or their prayer is too materialistic. I’m not sure if you read my last blog when I pondered on the first miracle of Jesus by turning water into wine. It makes me ask – Jesus turns water into wine? What is more secular than that?
Let me side track from the topic for a bit. I just want to show you how crazy this miracle is. Based on historical data, it was said that there were six stone jars which the water turned into wine.
Now, if each of those jars held between 20 and 30 gallons of water, as they might well have, then Jesus gave the party 180 gallons of wine. Now, I don’t think it’s very likely that when Mother Mary worried about the lack of wine she was thinking about a shortfall of 180 gallons, that’s a Pacific Ocean of wine. I believe what the Gospel is trying to say here is that when the grace of God comes to man there is not just an adequate supply but in abundance, an overflowing of grace.
There is no need that can exhaust the grace of God!
God only wants to give the best things for us and he wants it to give in abundance. Whether we ask for our secular or spiritual needs, our Lord God only gives the best – pressed down, shaken together, and running over.
So why do you limit your prayer request with small things. The only reason I can think of as to why people ask for small things is because they think what they are asking is good enough. If this is how you pray, you are not being fair to yourself.
Think about this. If you are a teenager who has a passion for giving and helping people and your father is Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, would you ask your father in this manner – ”Dad, I plan to feed some of the people who live in the streets today. Can you give me $100 so I can buy fast food for them?”
It’s absurd, right?
You know your father is one of the richest men in the planet and he knows you have the best intentions with the money you are asking for. If you have a noble purpose, then why do you ask for a $100 when your father can give you a million dollars?
Why only do good when you can do the best?
In this example, your father is only the richest people on earth. In reality, our heavenly Father owns the universe. So why do you ask only for the good?
I can only guess why.
In my experience, asking for the best is not the easiest thing to have in the world. Knowing what is best for you is the easy part. All you need to do is to pray and the Holy Spirit will enlighten you on what is the best for you. The hard part is the journey to have the best or be the best.
This is where the fun begins. This is where you separate the boys from the men, the girls from the women.
People settle for the good because having the best and being the best have humongous challenges. There will be some sacrifices along the way but there will be more victories. There are no shortcuts in having the best but the journey in itself to have the best is amazing. There will be some people who will hate you for your guts in being the best but millions will love you more because you are the best. You will also probably create enemies along the way but through the course, you will also find great friends and amazing people.
There will be times when you get overwhelmed by the challenges in pursuing the best. But after the storm you will be thanking God that you had those challenges because you are now the best person you can be – patient, honest, kind, compassionate, humble, joyful, trustworthy, generous and loving.
If you want to be the best, do not settle for the good.
”For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16)
God gave His son for everyone.
If you want to know the best, ask yourself this question ”Is it for me or is it for everyone?”
If its benefits you, that is good.
If it benefits everyone, that’s the best.
God is the greatest!