“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”-James 4:13-17
To be honest, this is one of the biggest things I have been struggling with of the late. Making all of these plans for my future and leaving God out. It is something that came about sometime in high school, when everyone starts to shove career choices and colleges into your face. Now I know this is all done for our better “good” because who in the world wants to be working at minimum wage after high school ends with no future life goals in mind? It does sound pretty hopeless. Once high school ends, it is like reality slaps you in the face. It says, “No more games, what ever choice you make determines the rest of your life.” At least, from personal experience, that was how it felt to me. And if my plan didn’t go my way, it literally felt like the world ended. What can I say? I can be pretty dramatic! I would make these big plans for myself, and time after time I would watch them crumble at my feet. Why? Because God wasn’t at the base of them.
I wish that I could give you some life changing advice learned from my personal experiences, but unfortunately I do not think I have gotten there yet. All I can give you is what God has given me, this verse. If you are like me, where many times the door to a certain future gets slammed in your face, just know you are not alone. And not all hope is lost! Stay strong, and submit your plans to the lordship of Christ, because in the end, that is all that matters. I have decided to break the habit of literally planning out my life step by step, and letting God take control. But that is easier said than done. Just keep this in mind, “I can do everything though Him who gives me strength.”-Philippians 4:13