I had a craving. Since moving to California, I’m a sucker for FatBurger. It’s one of my favorite hamburger spots. I especially like their “fat fries” (basically steak fries with a fancy name). One day I went through the drive thru and ordered the usual. Much to my dismay, I wound up with an order of skinny fries. I guess they figured a skinny guy would like skinny fries. I wanted to go back, but I was already home. I’d eat the skinny fries. They would serve their purpose. They were doable. In essence, I settled. It was too much effort to make an extra trip.
“Terah took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife, and they went forth together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan, but when they came to Haran, they settled there” (Genesis 11:31)
Abram’s family also had a “Fatburger Experience”.
God had something in mind for them. He wanted them to live off the “fat” of the land…in Canaan. They found their surroundings in Ur “doable”. Living there, would serve its purpose. Basically, the skinny fries would suffice. Canaan was the destination, but they settled for Ur. There was another place they were destined to go, but they settled for less. Sometimes the place and things you settle for fall far short of where you are destined to go.
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We settle in relationships (He/she serves his/her purpose). We settle financially (Even though “fat” is better, skinny is doable). We settle academically (The academic journey is just too long to go back out).
As I sat in my living room examining the grease spots on my bag, I felt unfulfilled. My mind was set on one thing, but I had settled for another. Examine your life today. Are there unfulfilled goals in your life? I’ll tell you what I should have told myself that day: Drive back up there and get your fat fries!