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What’s Next?

So you graduated.
You’re going to walk across the stage, be handed your diploma, and beam as you walk off the stage.
People will ask you, “What next?” (but let’s be honest they’ve been asking that for a long time, right?)
If you’re anything like me, you’ll say, “I don’t know. I was thinking about this idea I had but I don’t know if I like it enough to resign myself to being stuck doing that every day for the rest of my life.” (probably not word for word, but the same sentiment.)
You’ll probably meet people who will have (what they genuinely think are) good ideas of what you should pursue. “You need to go to college so you can get a good job.” Not necessarily.
I once told someone I was thinking about being a high school history teacher and she said, “You don’t want to do that!” (She pretty much had the same reaction anytime I told her something I was thinking about pursuing now that I think about it.)
If you’re anything like me, you want to have a plan. You would be pleased beyond measure if God said, “Okay, so here’s the five year plan.”
But…. He didn’t. At least for me.
So then it wasn’t just other people asking, “What’s next?” But me too. “What’s next, God?”
It was easy (and still is if I let myself!) to get stressed about not having a plan, or having a plan, but not sure if it’s the right plan.
I’ve heard people say things before like, “You can edit a blank document!” And it’s true. The idea being you should write what you want and just fix it later. I think it can be the same for a plan (this isn’t an excuse to do whatever you want.)
You can always have a plan and change it later. Has anyone in the history of the entire world actually have some go 100% according to plan??
So, I’m here to say, if someone asks you, “What’s next?” It’s okay to respond with, “I don’t know.”
It’s not okay to use that as an excuse to do nothing, to try for nothing. But it is okay to say, “I don’t know” as you pray, and work, and try. It’s okay to think that as you go to college, or work at your job. It’s not an excuse, or an end at all! It’s a beginning of something.
So, what’s next?
I don’t know.
Who knows what the future holds? God. And in the end, that’s all that really matters, isn’t it?

(and congratulations, graduates of class 2017!!)

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I Could Be Upset

I could be upset about the candidates we have for our upcoming Presidential election. (It’ll be my first time voting!)

I could be upset that cops keep getting shot, and everyone seems to blame the cops for that fact.

I could be upset because people are racist.

People are dumb.

Illogical.

I could get upset that people keep changing “Black Lives Matter” to “All Lives Matter” but seem to forget that ‘all lives’ include unborn babies also.

I could be upset because people are sexist.

Or because people will underestimate homeschoolers.

Or young people.

I could get upset because no one really seems to care about anyone else unless their skin is different, or their ethnicity.

I could get upset because while terrorists attack other countries, instead of caring, people are to self absorbed to even notice.

There are so many things that bother me, or that could bother, or that I struggle with not letting bother me. (When there is nothing I can do it just seems better to not get too bothered about it.)

Sometimes I don’t say anything. Sometimes I don’t react.

Sometimes I have so many things I want to say, I know if I tried none of it would make sense, so I grumble and hope the next person is smarter, nicer, kinder.

I try to pretend that an election isn’t coming, because, unfortunately, one of the candidates is going to win. It is one of those situations where I can’t control it so I try to ignore it, but every now and then I think, “But November is coming, and God hasn’t performed a miracle… we’re going to be in so much trouble–”

But you know what?

I don’t belong here. Thank God for that!

I don’t belong here and I’m not supposed to belong here.

I am one of God’s children, and while things here do concern me, this all is just temporary.

I could be upset, but I also could remember that ultimately God is in control.

He was in control in the past, He is in control now, and He will be in control later.

I could be upset…

or I could work on trusting God.

(I’m not saying getting upset is bad– righteous anger is very acceptable! These were just some of my thoughts, though.)

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