Five Minute Friday — Settle

Here’s this week’s installment of Five Minute Friday. You might remember the task is to write for five minutes on a specific prompt word. And, of course, we meet and greet at our moderator, Kate Motaung’s place (in the Community section at to share and network. It’s fun, fun, fun.

Before I start, I’ve been sharing reasons from our writing corps about the value of the exercise. They were taken from Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. This week, don’t listen to me, listen to Chris.

“FMF has been a blessing to me in many ways. Even before I was a blogger, when I wrote in tired marble notebooks and occasionally was blessed to have an article published here or there in a print mag or an e-zine, I loved clicking over to Gypsy Mama … When I began my blog in 2012, I remember feeling SO happy and so excited to join this writing tribe. The community of writers is supportive, open-minded and caring. They’re an online writing support group!”

With that, the word for the week is SETTLE. The timer is set for five, so here goes. {clock starts now}

One of the saddest things in life is we settle. I’m just as guilty. Instead of pushing for more, we settle.

We cease to dream. We don’t push ourselves. We settle.

It, of course, doesn’t have to be that way. When we were younger, we had dreams and aspirations but we allowed, well, life to get in the way.We often were willing to listen to the naysayers and the skeptics. And we settled.

We do that a lot in our spiritual life as well. We lose focus and the fire that was ignited in our souls when we first believed somehow gets smothered. Unfortunately, for some, it gets extinguished. We take the easy way out, cut corners, follow the rules for what we like and disregard the rest.

That’s not the way it should be. Our interests may change — our spiritual life may change — but it should be just a re-direction, not settling.

As we … STOP

approach Easter, we should  be reminded anew God didn’t settle for watching His creation slip away. He did something. He sent His Son to open the portal back to heaven. Jesus didn’t settle for the easy way out. He literally gave His blood and His life for you and me. But He did one more thing … He didn’t settle for a crypt. He walked out, alive and free and takes each of us by the hand with Him so we, too, can be alive and free.

Don’t settle. Look beyond your circumstances. Follow your dreams.

Don’t settle. Enjoy life with the Savior more than an hour on Sunday. Hold His hand for a most remarkable journey to the Promised Land.

Happy Easter, all. Look for the Son in all thing.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Because my God lives, I live in resurrection hope.

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3 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Settle

  1. Great post. Even though I’m dying, I’m still trying to keep my dreams alive…and they help keep me alive, if that makes sense.

  2. I love this! He didn’t settle for a crypt! AMEN! There are a lot of people today cramped in a crypt spiritually. Happy Easter!

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