I have a fascination about the future.
I wonder what direction it will take me, what will happen in
It might be epitomized by last February’s important event—Ground Hog Day. Every year there are tons of people who wonder, "What will Punxsutawney Phil do?" They wonder if there will be six more weeks of winter (please, no!), or if we are going to be moving into spring. I know that each year I will pay attention to what goes on with Phil and his shadow, even if he doesn’t. Isn’t that weird?
But I’ve realized that in my mania about the future I can become paralyzed in the present. I mean, what if I make a move today that screws-up my future? What then? And if I screw-up, it’s no longer just me that suffers—I’ve got my family to think about.
Maybe Punxsutawney Phil and I should just stay in our holes. Don’t move and that whole shadow thing doesn’t even come into play.
Problem: I’m living life in order to avoid it.
Life for me is not about how I work it and what God will do as the result of my work. Life is really about God working me. I’m His workmanship, and the delight of His day is in what He does with me. (Eph 2:10) Really, I believe that I can run up a mountain or down a valley, pastor a church or make coffee, watch a movie with Emma on my lap, or write a blog, catch frogs with Ellen, or go on a date with Sarah, and God is pleased. He’s busy and He’s working in me.
I don’t mean there aren’t times when God’s direction and choice for my day isn’t clear and absolute—that happens. But I think what God’s doing today is me—might as well get going.
Shadow or not, that’s my future.
“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.” (Phil 1:20-26 NIV)