More Than Okay

Most mornings when I wake up there is a song echoing in my mind. This morning it was Switchfoot’s song “More Than Fine” (lyrics here).

Lately, I’ve been noticing some clichés in our culture that are survival-oriented—

  • “I’m just trying to make a living.”
  • “Another day, another dollar.”
  • “Ugh, another Monday!”
  • “I just need to make it until the weekend.”
  • “If we can just survive today.”
  • “How are you?” “I’m fine… okay, I guess.”

I suppose for some, this is how they view life. But this should never be the mindset for followers of Jesus Christ.

Jesus didn’t die on a Cross for us, conquer death and rise again so we could have an okay life. He came to give us overflowing life. Of all people, those who are in a personal relationship with Jesus should be the most more-than-okay people of anyone!

You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. (Psalm 23:5 NLT)

The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). (John 10:10 AMP)

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, His blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! (Ephesians 1:7-8 MSG)

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV)

Today is the only today you will ever get. You don’t have to just survive today, you don’t have to just make it through this day, you don’t have to settle for just okay. You can live for more than okay today, you can experience God’s abundance, and you can revel in the overflowing life Jesus’ resurrection purchased for you!

4 Responses to “More Than Okay”

  1. Tom Amrozowicz Says:

    Craig, my son Paul shared these lyrics at a men’s group a couple of years ago.


    Feel the burn and the fury of my pen
    feel the fire, as I fan the flames again
    brace yourself for the mediocre
    Hail the king of the almost good enough
    nothing bold, nothing’s flying off the cuff
    things might change, but don’t hold your breath yet
    Try floating with the flow,
    try not to run too slow
    be average, not below, Let’s go

    Hello lamewads, I’m with you
    raise your fists if this rings true
    Hello lamewads, never quite our best or finest
    hello lamewads, I’m predicting a C minus, now.

    Hello lamewads, hello.
    Like a shoelace slowly coming loose
    like a flashlight running out of juice
    save your necks, with some lame excuses
    I’m neither friend or foe, I’m never going pro
    does this sound apropos?
    Let’s go.

    Niether hot nor cold this is getting old.


  2. Karen Says:

    Pastor Craig,
    I can relate to the cliche’s you talked about. I can remember just trying to make it through another day. What a number the devil can do to a person. But GOD and prayers are so much BIGGER. Now I can say I am free and so happy and full of joy. Oh there are times when the devil wants to get control but GOD is always there even stronger then before. So I can say I am more than fine, more than okay, I’m GREAT!


  3. hannah Says:

    hello mr.owens it is hannah just wanted to say hi and i am so happy that we stay in touch. your whole family has been such a blessing to me and my family. anyways church was so amzing at freedom center thank you for inviting us i hope to see you all soon=)


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