Give God the reins

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Proverbs 16:3 - Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

As we were attending graduation celebrations this weekend, I was thinking what an exciting time it is for young people as they close one chapter of their life and look to the world ahead! I remember when I graduated high school I thought I knew exactly what would happen in my life. I planned to go to college, get a job, get married and have a family. That is just how I thought it worked. It is amazing when you step back and let God take the reins how life goes in directions you had never planned. The expectations that are placed on us by the world are not always the way it works out. And for that I am so thankful. I did finish college and went into the workforce thinking I would work in the media business for the rest of my life. I quickly realized I wanted a job with more variety so I went back to college and taught school for four years and then took a leap of faith and bought a small business. That huge risk was so scary but I knew God was at the head of the ship and it was His plan that I stepped out in faith and made a decision that went against what my friends and family thought was wise.

As this year’s graduates of high school and college go out into the new world, we pray for peace and knowledge to follow the plans the Lord has for their life! Don’t feel like you have to do something just because “society” says it is the thing to do. It is ok to take some time to figure out what you want to do when you grow up! It is not college degrees or money or marriage that completes our life….it is trusting in Jesus our Savior to lead us where He wants us to go. So don’t feel rushed to get on to the next thing in life. Enjoy every moment and be a blessing to others where you are right now!

James 4:13-17 says, “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. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”

This is such a great verse to remind us to be humble in all we do and give all the glory to God for leading us in His path. Even in times that seem dark and very difficult God is with us and He wants us to trust Him to bring us through to better things.

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Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, Please be with all of the recent graduates as they move on into the next chapter of their lives. Give them humble hearts that seek to honor you in all they do. Help them to make wise choices for their future and let them learn from the stumbling blocks that might get in the way. Thank you for being our guide in all we do. Help us to always remember to commit all of our work to you and then help us to have faith that you have our plans in your hand. In your name we pray, Amen.

Discussion questions:

Are there times in your life when things did not go as planned and you questioned God?

Reflect on a time when things did not go as you wanted them to, but later you thanked God for doing what he did.

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