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Our Plans

16 Sep

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have
the life that is waiting for us.”
~Joseph Campbell

You know, I am always amazed when I really sit back and think of how crazy we are as humans. We cling so hard to the way we think our lives should go. I can’t say that i don’t understand that because, like everyone else, I do it too. And, in a way, it’s ingrained in us since we were kids.

When we are little we are told that we can be anything we want to be. This is ok, I tell my son this too because I want him to know that he has the potential to be whatever his heart, and God, desires him to be. So we dream up things like…I want to be a teacher, an astronaut, a singer, an actor, a pro football player, etc. The problem that comes along is that as we get older, we quickly forget about the God part of the equation and focus only on what we want.

In high school, we decide on a school and (for a lot of people) a major. We go to college (if we are lucky or wise enough to), get jobs in the “real world” and start our lives. We have a plan. Some of us plan to climb the corporate ladder and make it big by the time we turn 30. Some of us plan to have the career we desire and a great family. Whatever the plan, it’s ours. We chose it. Most of the time we chose it without much thought to what God desired. Now, God gives us the desire of our heart, if we are following Him and desiring His will. Because of that, the person we married, the children we have, the career we are following…whatever it is…is good and precious and (whether we followed God’s desire when we first did it or not) is a blessing from God and is to be seen as such and treated as such.

But what really amazes me, when I truly think about it, is not that we follow this path for our lives (college, then marriage, then kids, etc.), but that we do this with every aspect of our lives! We cling so hard to being “in control” that we don’t see that we are actually out of control. But because we (myself so much included here) can’t stand to let someone else take the reins from us, we hang on for dear life.

What we don’t realize is what the quote says, “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” God says in Jeremiah 29:11…

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

God doesn’t say that if we follow Him we will have to live in poverty, give up everything in our lives, have no real plans, not be able to live our dreams (though there are times and people that he calls to be like that), he says that he plans to prosper us and to give us hope and a future!

If we follow God’s plans for our lives and give up what we want, what we have planned, God will give us so much more than we could ever desire! Obviously there will be tough times and there will be times when we wonder why God lets us go through these things, but God is working out great things for us! We just need to get rid of the life we have planned out for ourselves!

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Posted by on September 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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