Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Better Idea

Have you ever planned something and had complete confidence that everything would work out perfectly? Did those plans crash and burn?

Welcome to my world.

I often find myself making plans for the future. Ever since the idea of law school was planted into my heart I have been constantly trying to figure out where Keith and I will end up in 2012. Will we stay in South Carolina or head to New York? What about Georgia? Oooo or how about Virginia?!?! I have made countless spreadsheets comparing the pros and cons of each place, an I've even calculated the distance of each school from South Carolina (KC's side of the family) and Louisiana (My side of the family). I've been planning my future since I was in elementary school and decided that I was going to be a figure skater. (Lol obviously, that did not happen...whew!)

Here's the thing -- I am not in control. God is guiding my path. He is the one that will ultimately decide where my hubs and I will go on our journey. God is the one who will give me strength to do well on the LSAT. He will open doors, and He shut doors.

It's not my way, it's God's way. I received another awesome email from Rick Warren's ministry that really put things into perspective for me. I enjoyed it, and I hope you enjoy it, too.

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Sometimes God Has a Better Idea

Have you noticed that things don't always turn out the way you want them to? That sometimes God has a better idea?

The Bible says in Proverbs 27:1, "Don't boast about tomorrow. You don't know what tomorrow's going to bring." (ESV)

It's okay to make your plans, but remember that life is unpredictable and God says we shouldn't presume on it. On the other hand, we shouldn't worry about it because God is in control.

James 4 tells us the proper attitude to have: "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 don't even know what will happen tomorrow. ... Instead, you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that.'" (vv. 13-15, NIV)

James is saying it's OK to make plans, but just realize that ultimately God has the final word.

The right attitude is to always keep your plans submitted to God. Make your plans but say, "God, if this is what You want, this is the direction I'm going to go. I'm doing this with flexible faith."

Proverbs 16:9 says, "We should make our plans counting on God to direct us." How do you do that? By praying. When you get up in the morning and have your quiet time, say, "God, what do You want to do with this day?"

Then when interruptions come, you'll remember God is in control. It will dramatically lower the frustration level in your life as you remember it is not all up to you.

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6 comments:

Birdie said...

So sweet:) It's so easy to get frustrated when things don't go your way, even if your way isn't the way it's supposed to go!!

Chloƫ said...

I love that picture! :]

And our pastor just preached on these same verses this past Sunday! He will shake up your plans more often than not, as I have seen in my life very recently (Virginia wasn't even an OPTION in my mind), but it is always for the better. Keep seeking His will above all, and life will work itself out. :]

Lauren said...

Ummmm....all I can say to that is amen!

Elle Sees said...

my life was completely turned upside down last yr & ended up in a place i never thought it'd be...but i know it's for a reason!

yes, GA is great!

Lauren @ Dreams Take Flight said...

I SO have been having these same feelings lately. I struggle so much with 'plans,' but I just need to remember that I'm not the one in control. :)

Lovely post and a much needed reminder for me!

Brittany said...

I love these verses. I've recently started having a consistent quiet time. It's amazing what God has to say when we listen. This was a rough time in my life. I was constantly worrying about what school I would go to, what city i would live in, what I would do with my life.

I'd say to enjoy the time your in. Law school will take over your life when you're in it, so enjoy every day now!

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