Seek Out the Best

It’s January! Have you kept up your New Year’s resolution so far? A lot of people see the new year as the perfect time to turn over a new leaf, give up an old habit, or start a new one. According to my Internet searching, 25 percent of resolutions don’t make it the first week! Anybody been there? *Raises hand while drinking that caffeinated beverage* Some of the most popular resolutions last year were to lose weight, to quit smoking, to enjoy life to the fullest, and to get organized. I love that third one—enjoy life to the fullest!

But how exactly do you know if you’re enjoying life to the absolute fullness of its vast potential? What does that look like for each of us? For a lot of Christians, we may choose things that are better than other things, but we don’t necessarily choose what’s best for ourselves or for our relationship with Christ.

This morning I was helping one of the students in our youth group with a scholarship letter for college. Something she said really stuck out to me. She said one reason she chose the medical field was because she loved that there could be five different strategies or medicines that might help with a certain issue, but there was always one that was the absolute best for each patient. That really sunk in for me as a Christian . . . there are a lot of “good” things in the world for us that are really in no way bad things. But do we settle for the good things when we could be reaching a little further, digging a little deeper, and getting the best? The best is worth it, right? Nobody wants an honorable mention ribbon when you could get a first-place trophy!

I’m not really a resolution person, honestly, but I do appreciate the power of a good challenge. And maybe that’s what we need today. Whether you settled on a specific resolution this year or not, can we all resolve to seek out the best for our lives? Maybe that starts small. Maybe we actually set a time limit on how much screen time we’re getting versus how much face time we’re giving. Or maybe you commit to digging deeper in your Bible study instead of just popping through a “verse of the day” on your Bible app. For me, this could certainly be not hitting snooze and actually taking the time to be more human in the mornings and love on my family a little bit longer before work. Choose the best, keeping in mind 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (NIV).


Allison Turner is the mother to three babies in three different places—in heaven, in her home, and in the womb! A ramen connoisseur who believes music can reach even the darkest soul, Allison is loving serving the community of Blytheville with her husband, Travis.




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