Many are the plans in a man’s heart. (Prov. 19:21)
WHEN MY OLDEST GRANDDAUGHTER was eight years old, someone asked her, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” She replied, “I want to be taller!”
When I was asked that question when I was young, I had a variety of answers. When I was around ten, I wanted to be a fireman because I liked the helmets that they wore. At age twelve, I wanted to be a policeman. The idea of giving out tickets to get money seemed “neat” to me, until I realized I couldn’t keep the money. At age thirteen, I wanted to be a school principal so I could boss teachers around. When I was seventeen, I wanted to be a medical doctor until I discovered the sight of blood makes my stomach feel queasy.
When I was nineteen years old, I was confronted with what God wants me to be. I didn’t know, since I had never asked Him. Upon realizing my negligence, I began talking to Him about this. His first answer was that He wanted me to be an obedient follower of Jesus Christ. After I committed to doing this, He called me to serve Him in full-time ministry. After thirty-six years of ministry I can testify that I have had no regrets following God’s plan for my life. It has been a wonderful adventure!
Discover the satisfaction that is found in following God’s plan for your life.
Jim Lo is the author of Connect with God: The Purpose of Prayer (Wesleyan Publishing House) and the dean of chapel at Indiana Wesleyan University.