The Certitude of Uncertainty

It is always interesting to watch the talking heads on TV speak with such certainty about what would happen if we follow their advice on the economy, foreign policy, war, industry, and just about anything else they feel compelled to pontificate on. They apparently (if you believe everything they say) even understand how we should best conduct our relationships with family and friends. Amazing clairvoyance, but luckily enough for those of us in the real world we have a greater strength to draw on than that, our faith in our Creator.

The only certainty we have is that there will be always be uncertainty in life and we will have to deal with it. Either we will face it head on or we will cower in the corner and allow it whack us on the head without fighting back. Which is better?

As Far As My Feet Will Carry MeRecently I saw a movie on DVD called “As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me”. It is a fact-based story of a German soldier who escapes a Siberian labor camp in the wake of WWII and travels 8,000 miles on foot over three tortuous years to reach his family back home. It is a story of love, faith, divine providence, goals, and desire. These five attributes saved his life because a 25 year sentence in a Siberian labor camp is a death sentence. He chose life, and more importantly he chose action.

The Bible gives us certain principles for facing an unsure future:

Set goals according to your Creator’s direction. Pray and meditate over the important areas of your life. If your life is worth living it’s worth praying about. I personally will not make a plan or take any action of importance without anchoring it with prayer and biblical reference.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (New International Version)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart

This sounds like a great back up when trouble hits!

Even though I just mentioned planning, you still have to live one day at a time– so live! Don’t beat yourself up for what didn’t happen for you or what you didn’t accomplish as each day is a fresh start. Get up tomorrow morning and be sure to at some point during the day acknowledge that it is good to have a new day and a new opportunity to do something with meaning! Stop dithering and do something important. See someone you haven’t seen in a while, but need to. Do something you really should do but have procrastinated about, or begin something you have only dreamed of but never started. Each day is precious and each day is an opportunity to be just a little better than you were the day before

The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself. ~ Anais Nin

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