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“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring…”-James 4:13-14
There is no question that planning for your future is prudent and advisable. Wisdom from multiple sources points in that direction. Yet, as long as we are speaking about what is still to come, we must do so reverently. Athletes often need this reminder.
There is a fascinating Eastern Conference finals series currently taking place in the National Basketball Association (NBA) between the Boston Celtics and the surprising Miami Heat. The latter team has surpassed many expectations in not only reaching the conference finals but even going up 3-0 a few days ago!
As of last night, though, the Heat’s lead was trimmed to 3-2. One of their standout players, Jimmy Butler, in a post-game interview spoke soberly about his team needing to play better. Then he did what many confident sportspersons do. He guaranteed a win in Game 6 on their home court, which would end the series and move them on to face the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Finals.
I am all for courage and self-belief. It goes a far way in attaining your goals. Still, I am also tempered by James 4 above, which in essence says that the future is never mine to guarantee. No human has the power or authority to predict what a new day will bring. That privilege is not ours.
How do you speak about the future? Do you boastfully make plans as if you are in control or do look ahead acknowledging the supremacy of God over all that you do both now and beyond?
The Heat may win. The Celtics could also be victorious and make history by overcoming a 0-3 deficit. This is bigger than sport, however. It is about grounding ourselves on the firm foundation that life is a gift, a daily manifestation of heavenly grace.
Humility reminds us that it is the Divine will that ultimately reigns supreme.
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