The best advice for achieving a life of spiritual victory is this: Trust in the Lord.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
You may think this is an inappropriate question for a blog like this one.
But this is a question that gives a lot of play.
Because it not only tells us about priorities, it also tells us about the arrogance of human beings.
In order to develop our lives, it is good to have a roadmap in which we keep in mind our priorities, our objectives and our values.
In this way it is easier to focus on what we really consider a priority for us, and thus be able to concentrate energy and resources on it and make the achievement of our goals more feasible.
As a result, all kinds of organizations, from businesses to governments to Christian denominations, are now developing their respective and famous agendas. What if the 2030 agenda, what if the 2033 agenda, what if the 2050 agenda…
They are really very useful tools for making consistent progress, because if we know where we are, and we know where we want to be, it is easier to determine the steps to take and the direction to follow.
However, these agendas have a problem. The truth is that we do not know what the future will bring.
First, because what we consider rock-solid today may tomorrow prove to be as unsafe as sand. In the crash of ’29, many went to bed rich on Wednesday, October 23 and woke up broke the next day.
Second, because our actions do not always achieve the desired results. Buying a lottery ticket gives you a chance, but does not guarantee you a prize.
Third, because our goals are not always going to be the right ones and we may find ourselves achieving our dreams only to discover that it was not what we expected.
And fourth, and most important, because we are not even certain that we will be alive tomorrow.
They are agendas based on the shortness of what we know at the moment of departure, but they cannot take into account everything that will happen along the way.
And knowing this would be invaluable in order to rework the roadmap in a seamless manner.
But how can we know what has not yet been produced?
We could try to develop artificial intelligence algorithms, but there may be so many variables and options that it would be unfeasible.
Trust in the Lord
However, there is a better alternative, to ask God, who has the time in His hand, to guide us in preparing it, as the book of Proverbs reminds us in chapter 3 and verses 5 and 6:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
It’s not that you stop planning and take a chance to see where you land.
It is about trusting in God’s power and grace to make the right choice, not so much in your own abilities or resources as in the certainty that God places in your heart.
If God brings you before the Jordan, and tells you to cross over, do not be afraid of the width of the river or that you do not know how to swim; trust God with all your heart.
And when you make a decision, sincerely seek to do God’s will, so that, even when you make a wrong decision, you will be sensitive and humble enough to allow him to straighten your paths and allow you to reach the streams of fresh water of the Holy Spirit, which will fill your life with blessing.
And so you can complete your race with victory.
God bless you.
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