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Lilly

Lilly Wooten is a young vivacious Christian who loves to tell others of the love of Jesus. She is attending the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and is the daughter of Bartley and Beth Wooten of Beulaville Baptist Church.

Week 48

Lilly's thoughts this week...

The Lord's Will, Not My Own

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         I am the ultimate planner. I love to know what I have during each week, before the week even begins. If I make travel plans, I want everything figured out right then and there. I am also someone who loves a to-do list and everything written in my planner. I love to plan! This past week I was studying James 4, and began to really evaluate the way I see my life and planning.

         James 4:13-15 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.”

          In this passage, James challenges us to recognize that we do not have control over tomorrow. We are like a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead of assuming we will have tomorrow our lives are better served when we focus on the Lord’s Will over our own desires and passions. Although, I do not think my planning habits are necessarily bad or unscriptural, I do believe they can lead to sinful habits if not kept in check. With my extreme planning sometimes comes worrying, overwhelming thoughts, and often shifts my attention from my most important goal and purpose in life - to live as a follower of Jesus and obey His Word.

          Again, I think James is encouraging us in this passage that it is unwise to boast about tomorrow, because tomorrow isn't promised. Thus, above all the things listed on our to-do list, such as our responsibilities, future events, etc., our attention and focus should be centered on fulfilling the will of God and not idolizing our plans to come. So, I want to challenge you as I have challenged myself to plan with a sense of joy and thankfulness for each day. Don’t stress or worry about tomorrow. As you plan, let all that you do be in accordance with His will, making the most of each day because we may not have tomorrow.