There are many things that I would like to see happen in my life. Some are quite attainable with hard work (6-pack abs), while others seem a little out of reach (2010 VW Scirocco). Still I tend to think that with dedication and clear goals, I can figure out how things should work. When I come upon decisions to make, I get out the ole’ paper and pen in order to start my pro/con list. Seems pretty basic to do so, however I wonder if we use it in too many situations. I know that as for me and my house…we use it too much. Let me explain.
It is one thing to go over the finer points of a decision when you have the major decision-making ability in that situation: buying a car, renting/buying a house, taking a job…pretty straight forward stuff. What if you aren’t in the driver’s seat however? Without getting into a lot of details, it seems as though some things are happening in Laurie and my life that are changing the way we think about our time here on earth. Obviously the biggest challenge to our comfort was Laurie’s aneurysm. This was never placed on a pro/con list. I am pretty certain that the cons would have outweighed the pros and we would have taken door #2. Isn’t it funny how we try to make our pro/con list for things that we have no control over.
James 4:13-17 says: Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”-yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this and that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
I had a long conversation with God the other day about everything I thought would give Him glory. I was giving Him my pro/con list as if I was unsure if He had forgotten anything. Really? I am trying to convince God that such-and-such would be good for everyone including Him? How often do you do that same thing? How often do you lay out a good argument for something to happen when it isn’t even close to being in your hands? I know that there is a responsibility to be prudent when we do have a say…but ultimatey it is all the same. We go to God not with a pre-planned offering of what are lives could be; we go to Him with an offering of what our lives are and then He does with it what He may.
Lord, create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit in me. I look forward to what God has in store for us in the coming years. Everything has been taken care of up until this point…why would it change now?