Your Career Plans Are a Joke
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. (James 4:13-14 ESV)
I am a planner. I have long range plans and long range vision for my life and my career. At the beginning of each year I sit down with a cigar and write down my goals for the year. (Funny thing though, I never look back at them until the next year. Oh well, it's a good excuse to have a good cigar.) I keep a calendar and I'm pretty type A. Lists are my friend.
But my plans are a joke - and so are yours.
Now I don't think our plans are useless; they're just funny - at least in God's eyes. We are like a kid running away from home. We gather our favorite toy and a banana and put it in our Dora backpack and walk two houses down while our parents peer out the window with a smile, knowing our plan is as ironclad as wet toilet paper.
Should we plan then? Sure we should. If you fail to plan you plan to fail, so said someone at some point (many say Ben Franklin). Good long range plans provide a rudder for our efforts and direct us towards God's call on our life. But we have to know - yea embrace - when the rudder flies off and we careen in a new direction.
That's when we can grab hold of our faith in God and hang on tight.
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