Have you created a roadmap for your life? I have! I planned to be married, purchase a home, have two children, and own a dog while in my twenties. I wanted to have completed graduate school at the perfect age of 28, because I had my first child at the age of 18. I would prove them wrong.
In my thirties, I knew that I would be fully engulfed in my career as a librarian. Life would be beautiful and I would live happily ever after. I gave myself deadlines. I had to be married by a certain age because if you aren’t, they call you an ‘old maid’. I had to have my degree before I turned 30 because if I didn’t have it well, let’s face it. I would be ‘too old’. I need to own a home before 30 because it made sense to begin to build wealth. I had wasted so much time. My life refused to align up with my thoughts. I tried to so hard to perfectly accomplish my goals. My family was depending on me. I didn’t want them to be disappointed. I was carrying this massive load on my back weight down by the ideologies and perceptions of other people. How many times do we have a pity party about our lives? We rehearse our mistakes over and over again. It is like a record replaying the same verse. We stay stuck in our minds unable to move forward in life.
I need to be free from my thoughts and especially the thoughts of “they”. Who is they? I haven’t met them but “they” sure have a lot to say. I have a secret to reveal to you. “They” don’t exist! It is faulty thinking. The mind is a powerful tool and mines must yield to God. Our thoughts, heart, mind, soul must yield to God’s plans. I must trust the process. You must trust the process.
Now, I’m in my forties! I’ve concluded my thoughts don’t mean two cents if I haven’t taken the time to discuss my plans with God. I realized, I have made good and bad choices in my life. I am unable to undo my choices however God is always here to realign me with his plans for my life. I learned my mistakes serve as a learning opportunity to grow and evolve as a person. Sometimes they were painful experience. I’ve cried, laugh, screamed, hollered and learn to yield. I surrendered my thoughts to God plan.
The bible declares, “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. Our lives have been planned by God. It is our job to seek him daily, follow his instructions in the bible and to be led by the Holy Spirit. I no longer need to map out my life and give myself crazy deadlines. It is under control. I am to continue to delight myself in God, trust and believe in him. Psalms 16:1-2 states, “We can make our plans, but the final outcome is in God’s hands. We can always “prove” that we are right, but is the Lord convinced?”
The final outcome of our lives is in God’s hand. I love to plan but my plans may not be God’s best. Trusting in God’s promises ensure hope and a prosper future. He is not going to harm or misguide us. Why? Because he is a God of truth. John 14:6. “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” His way is better than anything I can conjure up in my mind. Do you know God already knows our thoughts?
Lord, you have examined me
and know all about me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I get up.
You know my thoughts before I think them.
3 You know where I go and where I lie down.
You know everything I do.
4 Lord, even before I say a word,
you already know it.
5 You are all around me—in front and in back—
and have put your hand on me.
6 Your knowledge is amazing to me;
it is more than I can understand.
He is acquainted with all of our ways because he created us. I may not be married yet, but I yield the thought of marriage to God. I may not be where I want to be in various area of my life but I give my thoughts to him. I want God to rule my thought life. My life did not turn out the way I envisioned it because God is the visionary of my life. He is Alpha and Omega. My life turned out 10 times better than I ever imagined because I extend an invitation daily to God. I desire God and the beautiful plans he has written for me.