Don’t Settle for a Watery Milkshake

This past summer I went to Africa on a missions trip. At the end of the trip we went to one of the largest lakes in the area for our debriefing. The place where we stayed was gorgeous! There was a large pool that overlooked the muddy, yet beautiful, African water. I spent most of my free time around the pool.

After swimming one afternoon me and one of the other girls, Amanda, counted up our burr and got a milkshake to sip on as we soaked up the sun. After a month of fried, cafeteria food, a milkshake sounded amazing. I couldn’t wait to take that first sip and feel the cold sweetness rush down my throat.

As soon as Amanda came back, vanilla milkshake in hand, we shoved our straws in and took a long sip. And then we looked at each other. Um, this was not a milkshake. This was not Sonic worthy. This was not even McDonalds worthy. It was a milky drink.

But we drank it anyways because our senses were out of whack. After a month in a foreign country, anything tasted good. Even a watery milkshake.

As Christians, our senses often get out of whack. We’re supposed to be in the world, not of it. But that’s hard to do and sometimes the world rubs off on us. Sometimes, we refuse to settle for the best. It’s impossible to find a Godly guy, so why not just date the guy at your school who doesn’t respect you? Why not make your own plans now, instead of waiting for what seems like forever for God to reveal His plans? Why not invest on things now, instead of storing up treasure in Heaven?

Take a look at your heart. The world’s best looks appealing and it might even feel good, but God knows what’s really best. Don’t settles for the world’s best; wait for God’s best.

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” -Romans 12:2, The Message


2 thoughts on “Don’t Settle for a Watery Milkshake

  1. Hi,
    This was a great article, and a fantastic read. The one issue I had with it was… Africa is not a country. I would love to know where in Africa you were, perhaps you were even in the same country I live in. I think it would be a good idea if you identified Africa as being a huge place, and not just a single area. Just for the record, that’s a sure way to frustrate us long term MKs who live here 🙂

    • Hi Alyssa! Thanks for the feedback. You’re right, Africa consists of lots of unique countries and cultures; I should not have categorized it as one. The country I was in was Ethiopia. Sorry if I offended you! I’m sure it would drive me nuts if someone said all of Europe was the same, or even if all of the United States were the same. Thanks for pointing that out! 🙂

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