Taken from NIV Essentials of the Christian Faith
Born to Serve (Galatians 6:10)
“When we think about God’s plan for our lives, we often end up wondering about a different question entirely: What about our own plans for our lives? We fantasize about who we’re supposed to marry, what job we’re supposed to take, where we’re supposed to live, or what other elements of life we should pursue for our happiness.”
I love my morning email devotions from Bible Gateway. This is one of my favorites, The NIV/385 Day Devotionals, short and backed up with scripture that I can get to by clicking the hot link.
I do believe God has a plan for our lives. I do believe He gave us all free will. I do believe that there have been times when fantasy over-took clear thinking, and I sidestepped God’s plan.
When I was younger I wondered, or perhaps wished, God would have a screen on which we could see a movie of how our lives would have looked if we had followed His plan. Then I recall that we don’t have a clear picture of what after-life will be. We only know bits and parts. One of the bits I remember it that there will be no more pain, tears or sorrow. Revelation21:4. It stands to reason that we won’t need movies of what might have been to mourn and cry over.
Therefore, I don’t worry about the past or the future. I concentrate on the present and focus His plan for me now.