June 26, 2017 – Monday
Proverbs 16:3-4(a) [NIV] Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. The Lord works out everything to its proper end
Like most college graduates, I celebrated as if I was done forever with school. I learned what was needed, and I was ready for the real world. And shortly I found my first professional job!
But that was before I met my future bride. See, education in her family is a big deal. Even when I asked for her father’s blessing to marry his daughter, part of that conversation entailed my commitment to earn a master’s degree one day. For several years now, even after finding a better job, my wife has been urging me to do as she did and earn that second degree.
It’s funny how things work. You think something happens as irony or a coincidence, but God’s plan unfolds right in front of you daily. It wasn’t long ago I found myself reading scripture that spoke a little louder than normal. My quick skim changed to a slow read and, in that moment, everything clicked. I need more education because of the door He wants to open for me. All I need to do is commit to Him – to pledge to sacrifice on His behalf – and go back to school for Him and not just for myself or for my family. If I commit to Him, everything will work out to its proper end.
So here I am, preparing to go back to school – four years after that conversation with my (now) father-in-law, two years after my wife started mentioning it, and several months after I learned where my Lord fits in. Yes, I have doubts and face plenty of stress. What if I can’t do it? What about my full-time job? Will I have time for family? But in addition to a supportive family, I am committed to Him – I have pledged to sacrifice on His behalf – and I know everything will work out to its proper end. I have God on my side, and I’m excited to continue seeing His plan unfold!
Are we in the same boat? Are you going back to school while working full-time? Are you worried about how everything will fit together? Commit to Him – pledge to sacrifice on His behalf. Watch His plan unfold, and know everything will work out to its proper end.
And after work each night next semester, maybe we’ll see each other in an online course!
Dear Lord, give me strength to commit to You and to pledge to sacrifice for You. Give me courage to follow Your plan for me. Bless me with comfort knowing You are in charge of my life – including my work, my family, and my education. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
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