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This week, a PI reader asked if it is wrong to romanticize the future as she was thinking about life after college and what was next. I think there is nothing wrong with being excited about the future and setting goals and plans, but we don’t want to be discontent in the moment of life by coveting the future. David writes in the Psalms reminding us that Yeshua is all that we need (Jesus, our Shepard), “The Lord is my shepard, I shall not want.” (Psalm 23)
We can have dreams and visions for future plans but we must not fall into the trap of temptation and or fear. When we operate out of fear it leads to worry. When we worry we tend to want to control the outcome and or we start feeling anxious. God wants us to live a life of thankfulness and peace. God says in Philippians 4,
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication let your requests be known to the Lord, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The Bible talks about writing down our visions and making them plain, (Habakkuk 2) and we want to want to operate in hope and in faith. We must not idolize our future plans and we must trust God that He has the future for us. (Jeremiah 29:11) God also reminds us that we must not lean on our own understanding or flesh. This means that we must not lean on our emotions or thoughts as God’s ways are higher. (Isaiah 55)
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5)
I would say that fantasizing the future and romancing the future by wishing you were somewhere else, would be similar to what the Israelites did in the wilderness before they entered the promise land of Canaan. They complained even though they saw the miracles of God. They also were never satisfied when God did provide and they wanted something better. They even wanted to go back to Egypt to their old life (which represents sin, and were willing to even forfeit their promise from impatience and discontentment).
”But godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6)
Be careful to not complain or to grumble in the season that you are in, even though it is hard. Make sure to praise God regardless of your circumstances and make sure to always worship God whenever he gives or even when he takes away. God is faithful, but man is not. We live in a fallen world, and man will not satisfy us, money cannot fill us and or pleasures of this world. We must put our full trust in God and surrender.
Remember that Jesus loves you ladies, and has amazing things for your future that he has planned before you were even born (Jeremiah 1)! PI readers, do you have comments or questions?
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