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The Promise of a Future
What has God promised us? Part 4!
I loved my academic adviser in college. Les Anderson was quite a guy. He’d been in the journalism field for decades, and he was highly respected in the Wichita community. I was so blessed to call him a friend.
I remember a meeting with him. It was toward the end of my junior year, I think. We had to talk about the direction I was going and make sure that I was suited for a career in journalism, based on my academic performance.
I will always remember what he told me in that meeting: He told me I had a future as a writer. That meant the world to me—for someone who wasn’t a peer, wasn’t a family member, to believe that about me.
Knowing that he believed I had a future as a writer motivated me to continue pursuing writing as a career. And, well, here I am. If you’re reading this and finding value in it, you can thank Les.
Isn’t it interesting how knowing you have a future will spur you to action?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
This verse is taken out of context frequently, so let me summarize the background. This was written to Israel after they had been taken into captivity. Kind of a weird thing to tell folks after something like that, but hey, God does what He wants.
What’s wonderful about this reminder is that God has promised us a future. And not just any future. A good future. He did this so that we’d have hope.
I’ve found that I can weather trouble today if I know that tomorrow will be good. Whatever I’m fighting through right now will be worth it if next week is better. That’s the power of having a future.
Someone I trusted told me I had a future as a writer, so I was willing to sacrifice and struggle to achieve that goal.
So if God has promised a future, I think I can manage the bad days. I can press on with hope, because I’ve got a future. God’s already seen it, and He said it’s good.
Questions for Reflection:
Have you thought about your plans for your future? Have you talked to God about them?
How do bad days (or bad weeks or months) affect your perspective on the future?
How would you define a “good” future?
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