Many times I’ve decided, without asking God, where I should take the next step. Let me tell you, when I usurp God’s authority in my life, it never ends well.
And, I seem to be a genius at messing up apart from His guidance.
I have also had other people try to dictate what I should do and where I should go. In the past, it has been exhausting trying to chase after someone else’s plan for my life or their idea of what my calling should be. This never works out well either.
So, what’s the solution?
God’s plan for my life is all that matters.
9The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. ~Proverbs 16:9, ESV
Then in chapter 19,
21Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. ~Proverbs 19:21, NIV
No matter how much I think a decision is right or wise, I have to continually make sure my choices and plans line up with His will. Just because something is good doesn’t mean God is asking me to go in that direction.
God’s plan for my life will always trump someone else’s opinion.
I have had well-meaning people try to talk me out of directions God has made clear to me, because what made sense to them was something else. It has taken me years to get to the point where I have thick enough skin to politely say, “Let’s agree to disagree” without beating myself up later and spending time (more than I’d like to admit) worrying about what they think of me or if they will like me the next time we see each other.
It’s not that I have become cold or distant. It’s that I now care more about what God thinks and about being obedient to His plan for my life over the opinions of other people.
The perfect Creator of the universe and His Holy Spirit knows what’s best for me. Why would I ever settle for less?
And what about those people who disagree?
Pray for them. Love them. Forgive them.
But, continue chasing after where Jesus is leading you.