Here lately, I've been really thinking about whether or not I am actually doing what God wants me to do with my life. The other day it just hit me like a ton of bricks during church. And what's really scary is there is not really a way I can know for sure that I am fulfilling His plan for my life, until I meet Him at the end of my days. I know that He has a plan for me because in Psalm 139, it says "All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Also Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you," declared the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future." (Of course that fragment of God's word came after the Israelites spent 70 years in exile...but I believe that Jeremiah 29:11 applies to any given situation where you might be doubting God's plans for your life. I find it pretty reassuring.) Anyways, I was really getting down on myself because I couldn't figure it out. I couldn't tell if I have been a "good and faithful servant" or not. And I don't know about you, but that puts me in a bit of a depressing mood. (It ended up being an extremely long day. I wasn't able to focus because I was so caught up in my question. I prayed to God like crazy that day and zoned out a ton.)
Well, I guess what I'm trying to say is a bit bigger than me complaining about an unfocused day, so I'll stop.
As I kept thinking about it, i realized something. It is not worth spending all you time thinking about because then you are not focused on the tasks that God is wanting you to focus on in the present. Yes, I know how irritating it is when it comes to being in the dark about the plans for your life, but we all have the same problem. No one knows what tragedies they are going to go through in their life time. Nor do they know how many amazing memories they are going to make. And you know what? That is a blessing. It makes life exciting, like an adventure. It's great, but it doesn't always go as you plan for it to go. And yeah, sometimes you fall. Maybe you fall off a 50 foot cliff and have to find your way back up without a clue of how to solve the problem, but that could be the chance you needed, the push, that brings you closer to God. Or maybe you haven't found Him yet, maybe that would be the point where you would turn around and notice His open arms for the first time. And you'd find out that He is willing to carry back up the cliff. He is willing to help you, if only you let Him.
And back to wondering if you're following His plan for your life. Well, the only advice that I can give you (mostly because I am in the same boat and this is what I'm doing. And I'm kind of clueless...) is to pray. Ask God to help you stay on path. Ask Him to show you right from wrong. Ask Him to direct you towards helping the poor and needy, the widows and orphans. Ask God if you need to fix something in your life to fit to His plan because that plan of His is your key to eternal life with Him. Just ask God. He has the answers. You just have to listen because Matthew 7:7 says, "Ask and you will receive."
I challenge you to pick on of the three bible verses I mentioned today and memorize it. I've a feeling that you will be surprised how often it will pop into you mind under different circumstances. Here are the three verses listed below:
All the days ordained for me were written in you book before one of them came to be.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future."
Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and the doors will be opened to you.
(IF you choose this one i recommend reading the next verse: "For anyone who asks receives. Anyone who seeks, finds. And anyone who knocks, the door will be opened to them."
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I am Bridges or at least on here I am. Basically, I am a teen. I have many hopes and dreams, many fears and insecurities that I let hold me back. There is so much that goes on in my life. Sometimes it is a struggle, and that what this site is about.
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