Friday, 11 December 2009

Thought for the future vs contentment

How do you get the balance right between thinking about the future and being content in the present? We're told not to worry about the future, but at the same time it is surely wise to think about how we can explore ministry options and think about the best way to develop gifts.

It's a difficult balance to get right - it's too easy to forget that we are to live for God now and just get on with the ways that he's given us to serve. It's too easy to fall into thinking so much about how life should map itself out in the next few years that you stop living and serving God now. You can find yourself seeking joy in some future situation or some idealistic church or ministry which of course will never actually provide real joy.

I need to somehow not place my hope in the future - to not think that life will be perfect in this situation or that, to not be so interested in what I will be doing then that I forget that I am in the now for a reason. To do that, whilst still thinking through what would be best (especially when you need to apply for things so far in advance!) is difficult, but makes for a life in which joy is found in God and not in a hope of what life might bring.

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