I am giddy (in an I’m-tired-because-I’m-not-sleeping-and-I’m-almost-40-so-how-giddy-do-I-really-get-anymore kind of way!) Nonetheless, I’m so crazy excited for the upcoming Labor Day weekend! Three days to rest, relax, and enjoy time away from the labor of every day life. I will soak in every wonderful, lazy minute!
But when Tuesday arrives, I want to be ready. I want to prepare my heart and mind for the young people God has hand-picked for the job transition program I coordinate. I want to see each of them as my ministry. I want to labor with purpose.
Admittedly, I didn’t even want to return to this job. It’s a great job, don’t get me wrong. It’s fairly stress free with only minor challenges in each day. It’s slow-paced and a welcomed reprieve from seven years in a more hectic educational setting. It isn’t, however, where I pictured myself this year. MY plan was different! MY plan was what I wanted! MY plan was better! (isn’t that what we always think?!) God’s plan, though, has me here. Right where HE wants me.
Chew on that thought a moment. Right where HE wants me. This place. These students. This time. It’s all a part of God’s plan. Just like Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘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.'” He’s got plans for ME! Little ol’ me has the Universe’s most perfect event planner in charge of my future. Does it get any better than that?! No, it doesn’t, but still, I tend to go back to that place where I think I could do a better job. I believe I know best what my future should become. I believe I am somehow in control. I believe I need to back off! I simply need to show up. I simply need to do the job with confidence. I simply need to be grateful. I simply need to remember that my labor has purpose! Simply put, yours does, too! A big God has big plans for YOU, too!
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” – Colossians 3:23