Goldilocks and the futue

Russell Minick 0 Comments

A little girl wanders into a bear family’s house.  She helps herself to their food.  It makes sense when you are a kid; I wonder why?  Anyway, it is a story about comparisons.  The porridge (oatmeal?  congee?) in one bowl is”too hot!” in another it is “too cold.” and finally in a third bowl it is “just right,”  So she just eats it up.
Speaking about the future we can be ‘too hot’ ‘too cold’ or ‘just right’.
Too hot = arrogantly claiming how the future will play out (too much confidence in MY will)
Too cold = irresponsibly not engaging the future, just assuming it will all play out (not using my will)
Just right = intentionally taking in God’s wisdom and applying your will in trust to your understanding of God’s will, always open to his redirection. (Made in God’s image, using my will in humble and hopeful trust under His will)

[13] Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— [14] yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. [15] Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” [16] As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. [17] So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
(James 4:13-17 ESV)

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