Practices, Reflections

Rick Warren on Facing Your Future

How to Face your Future By Rick Warren

"Decide to make the most of each moment this year."

No matter what the pollsters, pundits, and prognosticators claim, no one
  can accurately predict all that is going to happen in the next 365 days.
  Our best forecasts are just educated guesses.

Changes in our society have not only increased in speed and intensity,
  but also in their unpredictability. Doing business in this environment is
  what Michael Annison calls "Managing the Whirlwind."

How can anyone — including ministers — succeed when the future is so
  uncertain?

The Bible suggests three timeless principles for facing your future:

  • Include God in your goal-setting. Frankly, it's dumb to make plans without
      consulting God first. He's the only one who DOES know the future — and
      he's eager to guide you through it. The Bible says, "We may make our plans, but God has the last word" (Proverbs
      16:1, TEV). In other words, planning without praying is presumption. Start
      by praying, "God, what do YOU want me to do in 2005?"

  • Live one day at a time. While you can plan for tomorrow, you can't live
      it until it arrives. Most people spend so much time regretting the past
      and worrying about the future, they have no time to enjoy today! The songwriter John Lennon once wrote, "Life is what happens to you
      while you’re busy making other plans." Decide to make the most
      of each moment this year. Jesus said, "… don't be anxious about
      tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time" (Matthew
      6:34, LB).

  • Don’t procrastinate — do it now! "Do not boast about tomorrow,
      For you do not know what a day may bring forth." (Proverbs 27:1, NAS) Procrastinating is a subtle trap. It wastes today by postponing things
      until tomorrow. You promise yourself that you'll do it "one of these
      days." But "one of these days" is usually "none of these
      days."

What did you plan to get done last year that you didn't do? When do you intend to start working on it? “‘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.’” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV) 

Have a happy and fruitful New Year!

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