There’s Good Then There’s Better

Some of you may be wondering what my hobbies are. One of them is playing Scrabble. I discovered the game in my teens and have loved it ever since. Back then the only way to play was with a game board and tiles. Which I still own by the way.

Now, thanks to technology, I can play using the Scrabble app on my phone, anywhere, anytime. I can play with people I don’t know or with people, I do know. I always choose to play with those I don’t know. That way there are no weird feelings about winning or losing between friends.

I first started playing Scrabble online back in 2010 after surgery. My husband surprised me with an IPad and downloaded the Scrabble app on it for me. It helped pass the time as I lay in bed recovering. So thoughtful!

I’m not that bad at the game but I’m not that great at it either. My winning average is 60%. I enjoy the challenge and it keeps my brain active.

One of my favorite features of the online game is the teacher. The way it works is after I play a word, I can press the teacher at the bottom of the screen and it will show me the highest scoring word I could have gotten.

A lot of times I think I have a really good word and then the teacher tells me there was a much better option. I may have gotten 50 points when I could have gotten 90. I hate it when that happens. I feel like I really missed out.

A lot of times in life, we choose the good rather than the better. God has plenty to say about choosing better over good.

Success in all areas of life is always good. But not if it’s at the expense of others or if it requires the compromise of our morals or God’s standards. Success is good but just gain is better [Psalms 37:16].

Financial wealth is good but wisdom and insight are better [Proverbs 16:16].

Sacrificing our best to God is good but obedience to Him is better [1 Samuel 15:22].

Serving God and others is good but sitting at the feet of Jesus; listening to His teaching is better [Luke 10:38-41].

Living a thousand days is good but living one day worshiping in God’s presence is better [Psalms 84:10].

Receiving is good but giving is better [Acts 20:35].

These are just a few of the many examples in God’s word of choosing better over good. I encourage you to search the scriptures on your own to see for yourself what God says about choosing that which is better.

Climbing the ladder of success, financial wealth, sacrificing our time and energy, serving God and others, living a long life, and receiving things, are all good.

But God is telling us that just gain, wisdom, obedience to His word, slowing down and spending time with Jesus and just being in His presence worshiping Him, and giving, are all far better choices.

Why are these choices better? Because they lead to peace, joy, spiritual growth, and abundant life.

Are you choosing good things or better things? Let’s not get to the end of our life and realize we really missed out by choosing good rather than better.

God’s word says in John 14:26 that the Holy Spirit is our teacher. He wants to teach us to recognize better choices and then empower us to choose them. All we have to do is ask.

Let’s ask together:

Lord, help us to consider every choice that we make. Reveal to us the better choices You desire us to make then help us to make those choices. We can’t do it on our own. We need the power of Your Holy Spirit to guide us in making better choices; choices that are pleasing to You and a greater benefit to us and others. Thank you, Father. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!

~Patrice Maguire

Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.




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