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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My 5-year plan

If you have a 5-year plan, please share it with me. I would love to hear from you. Well, most people (young people) do. There is mine.

Do you have a 5-year plan? (Photo: FreeDigitalPhotos.net)



So the plan usually goes like this:

"When I will finish high school, I will go to this college, get this degree and live at this place," a studious senior high school student would say.


"Right after my undergraduate degree, I will apply for a job. Then, I will marry my girlfriend and we will live happily ever after," a sophomore college student in love with his first girlfriend would say.

"Since my last daughter goes to college this year, my husband and I plan to invest our time and our money in local mission trips," 45-year-old devoted Christian wife and mother would say.

If you have a 5-year plan, please share it with me. I would love to hear from you. However, I would like to encourage you to write your plan in pencil. Be ready to erase it. The reason is, GOD also has a plan for you. As far as I am concerned, I don't have one. Yes you read it right: I do not have a 5-year plan. 

And if there were ever one, I am not the one to ask about it. My Heavenly Father, my GOD is the one you should turn to for more information. And you know what? I am glad He does. Because for so many many many years, I planned my life. From an early age, I knew exactly what I will be doing with my life, where I will live ...

Over the years, my self-confidence about my 'planned' life progressively crumbled. With mixed feelings, I used to question GOD when my life did not go as planned (as I planned, I should say).

"But GOD! I was supposed to marry this boyfriend!"

"But GOD!I was not supposed to struggle with my finances!"

And the list goes on. I am not encouraging anyone to live a mindless life. No. I want to invite you to review how much place you have given to GOD when it comes to the making of  our short or long-term goals. Are we ready to yield to His will as Jesus-Christ did on the cross? (Luke 22:42).

For the longest time, I wrestled with GOD. I told Him what needs to be done in my life. My prayer requests were recommended suggestions. And I never question myself what GOD has in mind for me. Because as far as I was concerned, I knew what was best for me.

So no. I don't have a 5-year plan in mind. Because I know who has one for me. The cool thing about this complete trust I have in my heavenly Father is:
  • I do not have to dwell about my past.
  • I can enjoy my present at the fullest.
  • My future, I know He has it in control! 
My past. My present. My future. They are all taking care of! The promise  below is for everyone who makes the daily decision to trust Him with her or his life: 

"For I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future, and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11)