Change of Plans

Today’s Scripture is from Proverbs 16:2-3,

 “All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”

 Today’s Blog Post is by Olivia Reynolds, Summer Ministry Intern… 

What’s the most embarrassing fashion trend you participated in? Bell-bottom jeans? Velour tracksuits? The mullet? You don’t have to confess, but the truth is, we can all remember something we wore (or said, or did) in the past that would be pretty mortifying to us now. At the time, it must have seemed like a good idea. But we’re easily led astray by what’s flashy and popular, and following trends can produce regret (not to mention embarrassing photos) for our future selves to deal with.

So what’s the solution for bad fashion trends, spiritually speaking? We need to entrust our lives to the one whose standards are eternal and true. Today’s passage says, “commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 3:6 says something similar—“in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.”

That doesn’t mean that everything in life instantly becomes easy. We still live with sin, pain, and limitations. But drawing near to God transforms our perspective and our desires, so that we can find him in all things. When I trust God with my hopes and plans, I find that discerning my next step becomes simpler. Instead of obsessively weighing each small choice to find the pros and cons, I can ask a different set of questions. What choices can I make to serve others? What option will help my self-discipline grow? How can I glorify God with each decision?

Our world will always need helpers, advocates, and peacemakers—those good works are never going out of style! So today, I’ll pray that we commit our plans to the Lord, and see how beautiful and life-changing they become.

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