I have never wanted to know my future though. Being a planner, I like to know where I am headed, but I am ready and excited for change to sneak up and surprise me in this journey I am on. If we knew everything about our future and what we were going to do with our life, we would no longer have the desire to do it because it is something already known to us. Knowing the future would put a damper on my inquisitive heart and mind and ruin that element of uncertainty and what the Lord has in store for us.
Today, I received a mass e-mail from Tammy Trent about how to view the future and what dreaming BIG for the Lord looks like. She is a speaker, a singer, an inspiration, and a sister in Christ. This is what inspired my day:
Ok, so here's some food for thought. And just like it does for me, may it speak directly to you at this moment!
May you take heart in knowing that God is preparing you for what He has already prepared for you! There is a new season that is already waiting for you. As you allow yourself to take on the fullness of God's processing in your life, He is doing a work in you already, even if you can't see it, so that you will be ready for the day when God opens up all the doors and allows you to walk into that new place. Maybe it's time to "clean house" so you can be fully ready for it. Don't let anything or any person hold you back from God's perfect will in your life right now.I don't believe God gives us impossible dreams or unreachable desires. He gently takes us through life step by step so that when we face each new opportunity or challenge, we are ready in faith to choose to keep moving forward, always towards truth.
Your challenge right now is not to ask God why things around you are changing, in transition or falling apart, but rather perhaps to ask, "What's next? What can I learn from this?" There's a reason and purpose in our struggles or time of difficulties. The thing is, we have to find out what that is and begin to see our difficult time in perspective and how God is using it to prepare us. Search my friend. Search. The answers aren't all that far away. Some times we just like to keep circling the questions hoping we'll land on the "right answer" WE were hoping for. Trust God in this moment, that HE is STILL in control of your next season.As true believers, we must never forget that God does not send "bad things" but He certainly uses them. And wow, do I sure understand and know that for my own life.
Thankful for you all today!
A fellow traveler,
For myself, I have been wrestling with the idea of time and this twenty-four hour period that the Lord has given us. If you think about it, George Washington, Carrie Underwood, Beth Moore, Billy Graham, Meredith Andrews, and all the people who we look up to because of what they have done and accomplished with their lives, have the SAME exact twenty-four hour day that we have. What did they do with their time and with the decisions and actions that got them to where they are today? In Francis Chan's book, 'Crazy Love', he said that "How you live your day, is how you live your life." I have always thought that these big dreams that I have for the Lord would just one day fall into my lap, but I don't really think that that is how it is going to be. We must realize that we have to make our day today look like what we want it to tomorrow by our ACTIONS; tomorrow is just another today that we get to make our own by what we CHOOSE to fill it with.
I pray and hope that I can find the way to make each and every average day that I have been given, and by my actions and desires, make it extraordinary for the Lord. Today is just a glimpse of what the Lord does have in store for us tomorrow, and if we do not see excellence, passion, and actions today, why do we think that we are going to see them tomorrow?!
I think that it is GREAT to have dreams and future plans and faith that God will do something BIG with and through your life, but without action, all they ever WILL be is thoughts. James says it so beautifully in James 2:14-17 says:
"What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such a faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if NOT accompanied by ACTION, is DEAD!"