“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” ~ Proverbs 19:21 ESV
So often in our lives we have an idea of what we want for our lives. But we forget that our very reason for breathing, for existing has nothing to do with us at all, but everything to do with God and His purpose for our lives. Sure, I believe that we all have innate gifts, talents, and desires. Even those have been given to us for His benefit, His honor, not our own. Therefore we are to use what He has given us as tools to fulfill His purpose, while He leads the way.
More often than not we get hung up on where we THINK we are supposed to be, but that should never be our focus. Our focus should be on the process. What we do along the journey to where we are going, where divine providence may take us.
“And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” ~ Max Ehrmann
Of course, this is not to say that we shouldn’t make plans for where we would like to see ourselves in our future. Scripture confirms, in Proverbs 19:21 that we can make all kinds of plans, God’s purpose WILL be fulfilled, no matter how hard we try to have it our way. Our plans define the process. Our commitment to the process determines our progress. Our progress influences the outcome. But our acceptance of the outcome is what truly determines our success. The key is to commit to the process of progress, forget the perception of perfection, and accept His way at the end of the day.
The Serenity Prayer can be our daily reminder that we control the process, but God controls the outcome:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful worldas it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things rightif I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next. Amen.
As I grow spiritually, I am learning that where I am is exactly where I’m supposed to be. My mind may be telling me that I am supposed to be somewhere else, that I should have accomplished something more or different. But spiritually, it is impossible to believe in the Divine and not BELIEVE in the DIVINE. So as a believer I have to accept that GOD IS and therefore I am….I am on a journey, meeting people that He has pre-destined for me to meet, touching lives of those he has pre-destined for me to touch, learning the lessons that He has pre-destined for me to learn, and accomplishing that tasks that He has purposed for me to accomplish. Will you join me in accepting all that God has for us? If you are ready to accept all that God has for you, sing the lyrics to this classic Doris Day song with me:
Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.
Remember you are not alone.
Embrace and enjoy the journey…