“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”
–H. Jackson Brown Jr.
We all have high hopes for our future. From a young age, we are asked, “What do you want to be/do when you grow up?”
But do we ever have an answer to that question? I have never seen anyone confident in their plan of what's to come. Situations happen that are out of our control, and the absence of understanding our futures can steal our peace.
The few things in my life that I have felt sure would come to pass were stripped from me due to unexpected events. I thought to myself: “Do my present efforts influence my future if I don't even have control in the first place?” I was fearful of embracing change. But most of all, I was fearful of my future.
We need to accept that the future is unpredictable in some ways, but what we do now does have an effect on where we will be later. For example, we may not have known where we were going to college, but most of us knew we wanted to go and worked hard to get there. We may not have known what job we would be offered, but we knew what career we wanted and received the proper training in advance. And we may not have known how our family would grow, but we knew we wanted a family. These are only a few examples as everyone's dreams are different. But we do have some control in the direction of our futures, and we need this reminder when our efforts seem fruitless.
“Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming.” –Alice Walker
Our dreams are limited because we don't have much control over what happens, so we must be open to new and exciting things beyond our imagination. Worrying puts a shade over the beauty found in present moments. And we must remove the shadow and step into the mysterious light of our futures. We may not know what it holds, but if we trust in the Lord, we can be confident that every step of the way manifests God's goodness.
“Why would I fear the future? For I am being pursued only by your goodness and unfailing love.” –Psalm 23:6
Our lives may not always look the way we imagined. They won't always be full of roses and rainbows, but we can have peace knowing that we are being refined in the present for what's to come if we have faith in the work God has done, is doing, and will do in the future.
Understanding our lack of control, continuing to work hard in the present, and letting God handle our future is the only sure way we will find peace.
Tell us, how do you find peace when it comes to your future?
Amanda is a wife, mother, writer, and certified life coach. Pen and paper make her spirit come alive. She spends her creative time reading, decorating, and handwriting fonts. Her world is better with an assortment of chocolate and a stack of books packed and ready for travel. She is a writer for Downs Ups & Teacups. When she’s not writing, she’s planning outdoor adventures with her husband and two children. She believes life feels best when it’s truly lived!