Thank God It’s Monday! lol. How was your weekend people? Mine was swell! I had a refreshing fun time with the TWTW ladies (The Women at The Well), will do a post on that next week Friday.
For today’s e-Boost, I’ll like us to take a look at the future. One of the most common questions I was asked as a kid was – What would you like to be in Future? I remember as a child, I imagined being a ‘big geh’ with several accomplishments by the time I am as old as I am today. Truth be told, this isn’t the 20 years later i imagined as a kid…Cast your mind back to where you were 5 or 10 years ago, is where you are today where you imagined you’d be? Did the future you imagined come true for you? What/Where exactly is this future that we are quick to refer to?
You see, the future is often painted as a faraway country where we have to journey for years before we can get there. But truth is, the future is always with us – it’s a walking distance from where we are today. The future comes with the breaking of each day, it comes with each conscious or unconscious decision we make. If I asked you where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time? You’d likely mention achieving some of your small, mid, or long-term goals. Examples could be graduating from school, landing that dream job, building/renting that dream house, getting married or buying a car. All of these are beautiful plans but you may be disappointed when you get to the 5 years’ time future and have none of these come true. Reason: Except you work/walk consciously and consistently towards arriving at your desired future, you may never get there. Yes, you may be alive to witness the date, but you will not have the future you imagined. Let’s look at the dictionary definitions for the word future.
- a period of time following the moment of speaking or writing; time regarded as still to come.
- The time ahead; those moments yet to be experienced.
- At a later time; going or likely to happen or exist. Something that will happen in moments yet to come.
- Goodness in what is yet to come/Something to look forward to.
- used to talk about events that will happen in the future; future tense.
The dictionary refers to the future as some moments away from the current time. Now moments away could be a minute/day/week or more but we prefer to think of the future as years later. We forget that the future we are quick to refer to in our thoughts and plans, comes daily, one millisecond at a time. Today is 11 April 2016, is it the same 10 years later you imagined having in 2006?
A Chinese proverb (I think) says, the best time to have planted a tree was 20 years ago, the next best time is NOW! Nobody ever stumbles into the future of their dreams, they take conscious deliberate steps to get there. To get to your visualized future, you have to consciously walk towards and into it. if you don’t take conscious steps to arrive at your imagined future, you may end up at an unimagined nightmare.
You want a great future? It starts today! Each new day is a subset of your future so why don’t you make it happen now? Stop thinking the future is some afar off destination you need to pack and board a flight to, to get there; your future lives just next door, walk into it!
Here are some giant steps to help you walk into your future:
- Imagine the future you want – Every great invention or achievement starts with someone’s ability to imagine it. If you can’t see it in your mind’s eye, sorry honey, you can’t have it.
- Plan for it – It’s not enough to imagine a great future. Fantastic imaginations not backed up with concrete plans to make it a reality will end up as mere wishful thinking.
- Trust God with your plan – it’s not enough to imagine and make plans towards arriving at a great future; a planned future that omits God will only take you to an undesirable destination. God’s plan for our lives is the ultimate especially for us His children, so if you’re imagining or planning a future without God, you are wrong! Learn to trust God with all your plans and allow Him to direct your path. Never lean on your limited understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6)
- Diligently walk/work towards your future – I don’t think anyone would like to be obscure or irrelevant in life, so naturally, no one should imagine an obscure future for him/herself. And the route to a relevant future, a future relevant enough to place one before kings, is the way of diligence. It does not matter your profession, field or skill, diligence will set you up to be recognized by kings. Proverbs 22:29 says: “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” (KJV)
- Avoid procrastination – I like to think of procrastination as one of the lil foxes that spoil the vine. It comes so subtly and before you know it, it becomes a habit. Procrastination is leaving for later what can and should be done now. Procrastination prevents you from preparing for opportunities ahead of time. Procrastination leads to regrets. I can go on and on about the side effects of procrastination but I will just leave you with this scripture to reflect on – “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.” (Proverbs 6:10-11, NIV)
- The future is not a destination – Finally, when you arrive at your desired 5/10/20 or whatever years’ future, please do realise that ‘the future’ is not a destination; It is a stepping stone, a landmark to an even greater future. There is always a future ahead. The future is a continuous journey and not a destination; it only ends when we meet our creator or He comes to get us.
I will end today’s e-Boost with this beautiful quote from Kevin DeYoung:
“We walk into the future in God-glorifying confidence, not because the future is known to us but because it is known to God. And that’s all we need to know. Worry about the future is not simply a character tic, it is the sin of unbelief, an indication that our hearts are not resting in the promises of God.” – Kevin DeYoung
It doesn’t matter what you have or have not achieved yet in life, just trust God, be diligent and keep your head up, The Future is bright!
Have a Fulfilled rest of week ahead, much love.
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