Settling Up or Settling down

Title inspiration from Miranda Lambert 🤣

I know most of you have you heard the term

“I don’t want to settle”

might be in relation to a job, relationship or simply what outfit you wear to a big event.

In our culture we have preconceived notions of what our lives are supposed to look like. My three year old and husband watched beauty and the beast last week and it had us discussing how we all make decisions.

He had a long convo with our daughter about Gaston and the beast. She is a very inquisitive little thing! Gaston had all these aspirations for his life with Belle. He promised lots of strapping young sons. All of those things were what most women did want. On the outside Gaston seemed to be what Belle should want, but she didn’t.

“There must be more than this provincial life”

she didn’t want the textbook definition of “settling down” she wanted to settle up, and out of the normal city life.

The beast on the other hand was the complete opposite of what women look for in their quest to settle down. Belle’s ability to look past the outward appearance proved to be wise. As we all know the beast turns back to the handsome prince who loves books and cherishes Belle.

In our quest for settling down we miss great opportunities because we are convinced we are “settling”. The sheer word play is frustrating, can you imagine how frustrating it is for God to watch us go in the opposite direction of His great plan?

The Israelites were consistently doing this. They demanded a king and God gave them Saul. He had all the physical characteristics of what they wanted in a king but he had a heart problem. David wasn’t the ideal choice from an outward standpoint but He had a heart chasing God.

The only way to get the worldly blinders off our eyes is to immerse ourself in worship. We must worship in spirit AND truth!

For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.””

John 4:24 NLT

It’s important to note our worship isn’t only the songs of praise but also reading the word given to us. Jesus came to the Earth and He was the physical manifestation of the word.

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

John 1:14 NLT

The Israelites always wanted what the other nations had and it still wasn’t enough.

Are you looking at Gastons or Beasts? Are you wanting the fancy title at your company or a modest living where God gets all the glory? We have to humble ourselves and look within to find the correct path.

If you look to the Word to help you settle down then you will always be settling up.