When I Grow Up
What did you dream of becoming as a kid? An astronaut? Athlete? Rock star? As a kid, the future was inspiring and the potential seemed limitless. As an adult considering your career, dating, marriage, parenting, savings, vacationing, retiring can make the future a scary place.
We all had dreams of what we thought we would have accomplished by now. There's always something looming in the future that needs our planning and preparation. If you're not careful, the future can become today's greatest thief.
Jesus has something to say about to worries of tomorrow and the responsibilities of today.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:33-34
A wise friend told me that we would more easily understand God's un-revealed will if we were simply more obedient to his revealed will. That's a nice anecdote, but you may be wondering, whats the difference?
Your future hopes and dreams are all part of his un-revealed will. They're typically things we have little to no control over, yet consume the majority of our mental and emotional energies. I think Jesus was instructing us to worry less about what tomorrow holds and what we can't control. This will free up our hearts and minds to faithfully steward the opportunities and responsibilities in front of us today.
God's revealed will for you is what's happening here and now. How are you doing as son or daughter of God? How about as a spouse? A parent? An employee? A church member? These are all moments God has created for your faithful, consistent obedience TODAY.
If you're looking to know God's revealed will, it's what's in front of you in life and written on the pages of the bible. I believe everything you want to know about what's next is contingent upon what's now.
Tomorrow's clarity comes from today's faithfulness.