Mid-life crisis? No… it’s just winter
I’ve been spending quite a bit of time for the past several months trying to determine what the Lord wants me to do with the rest of my life. Talk about a waste of time, as if He is going to give me the plan in advance…
However, it is a far larger waste to go blithely on with my plans — assuming that they are somehow blessed because I chose them. If there is one thing I have learned for sure, it is that we have little idea what is coming this afternoon, let alone tomorrow, next week, or next year. But then this is the time of year to be planning. There’s not much else to do with mid-winter. We plan for spring, hoping for summer, that the harvest of fall will be good.
As a nation, we just went through a lousy harvest. The crop produced by greed is not good stuff. We are all reaping that.
But what does that mean for the future? As we look toward spring, what are our plans?
Obviously, we really need to take a close look at ourselves to make sure that we are thinking clearly about who we really are and what we really have to offer others.
My prayer is that the Lord will bless you with wisdom in that pursuit. My favorite definition of wisdom is: knowing what to do with the knowledge we have. Don’t we all need that?
It’s easy to say that wisdom comes from experience, but we know that’s not true. If that were the case, then we’d realize that Castro, Osama, Letterman, and countless celebrities are wise. But there is ample evidence that this is not true.
The truth is that wisdom comes from inspiration. All we can do about that is ask.
The good news is that wisdom is promised to those who ask:
James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
We really need to realize the truth of this in this season of change while planning for the future harvest so dimly visible in the blaze of color that will be next fall.
Have a good year!