“What do you want to be when you get big?” our 3 year old grandson asked my wife Nancy.
“Well, I think I will be a grandma,” she replied. Gabe said, “No. You can’t do that. You can be a farmer, like me.”
Gabe already has his future figured out.
So what is in your future? The Bible advises:
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5.
What is the key of walking into the future? Today’s problems can’t be solved with yesterday’s solutions. Tomorrow’s problems will not be solved with today’s answers.
Living in nostalgia-land is living in the state of denial.
What to do? Trust God and wait for His insight and wisdom.
The first step to prepare for tomorrow is to realize God is God and you are not. Humility opens us for the future. Humility admits we don’t have all of the answers. Only the humble are teachable.
Step one is let God be in charge.
The second step is to have a grateful heart. A walk with God is a walk of joy. Our gratitude may contain the seed of the solution we seek. All we have are gifts and we need to enjoy our blessings from the Gift-Giver.
Step three is a change of attitude. People will offer you a cafeteria of suggestions. And we pick the suggestions we enjoy, like taking all deserts with no vegetables. Certainly all deserts make for an unbalanced meal. Choosing solutions according to our preferences makes for an unbalanced future.
What can we do? Cultivate a different attitude. We must approach God with a spirit of, “not my will but yours be done.” Often we consider God’s solutions and teachings as one choice among many. To unlock solutions for tomorrow we must do God’s will regardless of cost. God can’t lead us if we consider His ways as one of many choices.
A fourth step is learning contentment. Contentment doesn’t just happen. From the beginning, right out of the womb, we let everyone know if we are not happy. Wet diaper? Cry until someone does something about it. Hungry? Cry till someone notices. This is appropriate for infants. But we are adults. Spiritual adults don’t complain about what we dislike about our situation. This is not adult behavior. But frequently we let everyone know when we are not happy…especially God.
Some things we can change. Some we can’t. Doing what we can, trusting God with the things we can’t is the beginning of contentment.
Our answers for the future lie in the heart of God.