Beyond that, I have a few tangible goals for my life, and I spend a good part of each day working towards the future and all that I want it to be. In fact, I often squander precious moments today in pursuit of tomorrow’s dreams.
Maybe you can relate?
James has something vital to say about this habit we humans have of putting too much stock in our self-determined life plans:
Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.
~ James 4:13-16
We all set goals and work towards them, and this in itself isn’t wrong. We go off course when we fail to consult our Heavenly Father and submit our plans to His ultimate authority. What’s more, if we spend the majority of our time looking only towards what’s to come, we miss the life God has put in front of us to live out today.
And I don’t have to tell you that the days are fleeting. The moments are elusive, like the early morning fog. I recently read a quote that says, “If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.”
Being a good steward of the time you have here on earth means you are responsible for each moment you’ve been given. So what does that look like here in our fast-paced, hectic world?
It looks a lot like coming to the throne of God daily, in humility, acknowledging the gift of another morning and bringing your schedule before Him in complete surrender. It looks like actively participating in each moment, focusing on what is right in front of you today and trusting your future to the One who knows what’s best for you anyway. It’s being sensitive to the Holy Spirit and willing to adjust your plan if it doesn’t align with God’s will.
After all, our plans are pretentious; God’s plan is perfect. Praying, consulting God, and trusting His plan above your own frees up your moments to be fully lived.
So let’s do that today, shall we? Let’s stop boasting in the five-year-plans we’ve designed for ourselves, and instead seek Jesus in the next five minutes God has laid before us today.