Monday, March 30, 2015

Weekly Verse: Matthew 6:19-21

I love to think about the future. I love to plan out my next move, where I’ll be in the grand scheme of things. I can spend hours on Pinterest finding the perfect wedding details, outfits for future kiddos, and home décor. I can’t wait to see myself evolve into a mature adult with responsibilities. Planning is what I do. It’s who I am.

I see fault in that aspect of me. How can I let go of all earthly, material things if I can’t stop imaging my life with SO many different things? I want that big house with a perfectly manicured lawn. I want to marry a man that will provide for my children and me. I want that picture perfect life, but I’m slowly starting to realize that might not be in my future.

Matthew 6:19-21 states, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” I remember memorizing this verse in school for a verse quiz. I have always had a good memory, but I don’t think I always understood what I was committing to memory. As I look at this verse now, not as a grade, but as something to live by, I am reminded what I need to correct in my life.

I spend so many hours desiring things for the future, planning out every detail without thought of my duty as a Christian. God doesn’t want my thinking about the color scheme of my wedding or how I’m going to dress my kids. He wants to commit myself to His kingdom, His treasure. God has a plan for my life, whether it includes my southern, preppy hopes or not. God will lead me in His direction. All I have to do is follow.

It is simple saying I will just give up all my planning impulses; actually carrying it out is the hard part. I know what God has in store is even grander than what I can image, but I will not see it if I don’t follow.

I encourage you to take steps in your own faith to give up all the planning. Let go and let God. 

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