Thursday, 23 May 2019

Better X than Y

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Fill in your own words for 'x' and 'y' in the statement below:

"Better x than y." 

It is an unusual thing to think about, but we actually make these kind of decisions on a daily basis. Let me give you a few examples:

  • Perhaps you wake up feeling exhausted and so you think - Coffee is a better option than Tea today! (Better x than y).
  • You drive to work and find the traffic building up on your usual route - Better take the alternative route instead (better x than y).
  • You stand at the aisle in the shopping centre deciding which groceries to buy - eventually you have to make a call - Better x than y.

Why am I saying all this? Well, let us take a read of Psalm 37:16

 "Better the little that the righteous have (x)
    than the wealth of many wicked (y);
for the power of the wicked will be broken,
    but the Lord upholds the righteous.

The formula of this part of Psalm 37 is more like a proverb than a song - it offers us a choice and the freedom to decide the outcome. For me, it leads to the ultimate reflection of my faith:

Following Christ is much better than living for myself and for the things of this world.

Better Jesus than the world.

Living in Grace


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