May 4, 2011 Comments Off on Looking ahead?
One of the biggest problems I face is looking too far ahead. For many of us, we look ahead to the joy of having children, to the day when we will be debt free, to getting our promotion, to retirement, to having a happy relationship, or to finally figuring out what we want to do when we “grow up”.
A time will come when you will see a movie, read a book, or look at a photo and yearn for that to be you. Sometimes, our wants and desires consume us beyond what we realize. We think we could be so happy if we were at that point in our life, that everything would be ok. Here’s the thing, God has such an awesome plan for you. God wrote a special story line for you filled with ups and down, struggles, rewards, and joy – just for your life and you alone, it’s even separate and different than mine.
Yes, having a vision for your life is good and great. However, if you get too caught up in all the lights and sounds of life you are going to miss out on the plans God has for you. Before you know it, you will be turning 40 and wondering where all those years went. Well, they flew by you because you were always looking ahead to the next greatest moment in your life. If you can learn to be patient and live in the present, you will find so much more out of your life.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.-Matthew 6:34
I think for so many of us, we wish we could just go into a coma for a few hours, days, maybe even years and let all the tough times bypass us and wake up with everything going smooth. Here’s the thing, God wants you to go through hard times, difficult relationships, or a troubling circumstance to truly learn what it means to rely on Him for your strength and guidance. If we had the power to control time, we wouldn’t even worry about professing a life of Christ.
So, my challenge is this: are you living a life yearning for what’s to come or are you living each day asking God to reveal to you what the vision is for the day and not 10 years down the road? Each and every day you wake up, God has something special He wants you to accomplish. When the moment occurs that you stop worrying about tomorrow and start focusing on today, you will find such a great reward for living each day. God wants to be something beautiful inside you before He makes your life beautiful. Stop waiting for the miracle in your life because God wants you to be the miracle in someone else’s. God will make everything beautiful in HIS time, not OURS.
“Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD.”
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.”