I had a birthday this past week. Yep. I did.
It’s not really something I was anticipating. I mean, come on! In three short years I’ll be FIFTY!!!
These birthdays are coming around faster and faster. And the year (’09) will be halfway over next month! How does this happen?!?!?!
Time passing by.
And the plans? The dreams? The hopes?
Will they ever come to fruition?
Maybe…maybe not. I’ve learned that much in my 47 years. Some plans come about, others do not. So, what’s the answer?
Do we waste time making plans?
You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes. ~James 4:14
Staying in the moment seems to be the answer to most of my questions these days.
Does it mean we don’t make plans?
No. The wise and prudent thing to do is consider:
For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t sit down first and compute the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? ~Luke 14:28
But…to make plans without acknowledging God’s will is an evil in His sight:
And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, “Today–at the latest, tomorrow–we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.” As it is, you are full of your grandiose selves. All such vaunting self-importance is evil. In fact, if you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that, for you, [is] evil. ~James 4:13-17
So then, what is the wise and prudent thing to do, without crossing the line to arrogance and outright evil?
Make plans; but understand, the will of God is supreme.
Follow His ways and your path will be straight.
Live the day He has given you to live, for His glory.
Remember, all you have is this moment in time.
“…Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will…”
So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own. ~Matthew 6:34
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him
And He will make your paths straight.