Written by Lauren Lisak / September 2016
When you’re little, you trust your parents to make all of life’s important decisions for you. What to eat for lunch, what to wear to school that day, what time you need to go to bed. These little parts of your life were fairly insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but your parents made bigger decisions that affected your life too, like where you lived or where you would go to school. You never had to worry about anything, because Mom and Dad had everything under control and knew what was best for you and for the family.
Now that you’re all grown up, you have to make all of these decisions. While deciding what to have for supper may be something you don’t have to ponder for very long (Mac and cheese is always a good option), you’ve reached a point in your life where you have to think about your future and what you want to do with your life. Where should I go to college? What should I go to college for? Do I want to stay home for a while or do I want to go someplace completely new?
For the most part, these are choices you have to make yourself. Family and friends are always there to give advice and share their opinions, but ultimately, it’s your life. And making these decisions can sometimes be stressful when you are unsure about what you want. You feel personally responsible for securing the future you want, but it’s difficult when you don’t exactly know what that future is.
I have gotten into these situations myself. And what do I do about it? I become so focused on figuring everything out myself that I forget about the One who is in control.
“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
When you’re unsure about life and all of its ups and downs, talk to God! Because Jesus lived the perfect life, died on the cross as payment for our sins, and rose from the dead, we know that we can go to Him with all of our life questions and the big decisions we have to make. When you’re deciding what to do with your life, pray. When a family crisis interferes with your plans, pray. Even when things actually work out better than you had hoped, give all praise to God!
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12
He has a perfect plan for each one of us. There’s no need to be afraid of what may come in the future because God is in complete control. When we talk to Him, we can have confidence that He will hear us. We can trust in Him to guide us throughout our lives and be certain that His will is done, no matter what may happen. And when this life is over for us, we get to spend eternity with Him!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.”