What’s Your Favorite?

What’s your favorite… food? song? vacation?

My favorite food is pizza. There is just something about the combination of the cheese, sauce and crust that makes my mouth happy! It’s difficult for me to just have one slice. If my family and I are getting pizza, I better have calories to spare.

I can’t narrow down one favorite song. But the songs I do love all have a common thread of evoking deep emotion in me. Whether it’s solemnness or excitement, these are songs I can put on if I want a good cry or to have my own personal dance party.

And I absolutely love the beach! There is no question beach vacations are my favorite. Having the sand under my toes and the sun warming my skin as I look out at the endless water feels amazing to me.

Our list of favorites can go on. Some are apparent to us, like mine listed above. Others are not so obvious.

For example, whether we recognize it or not, we favor some people in our lives due to the similarities they have with us. We feel familiar with them and they provide us with a level of acceptance we seek in a world that can be hard to exist in at times.

Whatever the case, our favorites are our favorites for a reason. We know and have experience with them. They bring us comfort because they satisfy our preconceived ideas of the outcomes we want to experience. However, I think we default to our favorites too often. Are we allowing our quest for comfort to stop us from experiencing more in life?

Though I love pizza, eating it all the time would not allow me to expand my palate (nor be healthy for me). I know all the lyrics to my favorite songs to the point where I recite them by memory less than reflecting on their deeper meaning. If I only visit beaches, I would not be able to experience other beautiful sights. More importantly, if I only surround myself with people who make me comfortable, I’d miss out on perspectives, connections and opportunities that challenge and grow me, limiting my impact on the world!

If we always default to our favorites instead of seeking God for what He has in store for us, we can miss out on so much. We have a God that can do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). What God has for us is better than anything that we could possibly imagine.

Don’t get me wrong! I’m not insinuating we should not enjoy our favorites. I do not subscribe to a list of dos and don’ts we determine as humans, so enjoy your favorites as long as they are in line with what the Holy Spirit directs you. As a Christian, I struggled with this and don’t want you to be in bondage to behavior modification at the mercy of the opinions of others. Jesus saved us from that.

Just be open to all God puts in the path that He has planned for you. Don’t let the familiarity of your favorites keep you from recognizing the blessings God has for you. His ways are not our ways. The blessings may look different than what you expect. They may challenge you and not be your preference. But remember, God is not trying to make us comfortable. He wants us to conform to the likeness of Jesus to become the best version of ourselves.

Only by releasing our way can we fully accept what God has for us. Let go and let God have His way! Then you will boldly reflect the light of His Son and shine brightly in this world, living in your purpose to glorify God and point others to Jesus! It may not be comfortable at times, but it will always be worth it!

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1 comment

  • God had given you such divine wisdom and insight. I always look forward to your encouraging words.
    May God continue to bless you to be a blessing to us all💖

    Roz Crawford

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