Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the things you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Dream. Discover. Explore. –Mark Twain.
I first saw this quote in a resort in Moab, Utah. I cut the glossy advertisement quote out of a magazine and still have it pasted in my planning book. When I read this quote, I knew it was full of power and meaning, but I didn’t realize I would transform my life to actually LIVE it. Sitting on this quote for years, occasionally look at it and dream of the adventure it had locked within. Locked and unlived. A few years ago I began to make life decisions that would forever change my path, my life, and my future.
Another quote sat pasted next to the words of Mark Twain, this time from the unknown depths of anonymous quotations. It read:
To Change ones Life:
Do so Flamboyantly
Have no Expectations
I decided that this was a call to action. So I added a forth and began to LIVE. My quote is now:
To Change MY life:
1. Trust in the Lord God Enthusiastically!
2. Start so Immediately!
3. Do so Flamboyantly!
4. Have no Expectations!
Have you ever trusted in God so enthusiastically that that you completely change your life? Can you imagine the possibilities if you were to let go of all your hopes, dreams, relationships, and future to the Creator of the Universe? Utterly let go. Letting go of the bad stuff, challenges, difficult people and memories is easy; the real challenge comes when you let go of those you love and the dream and desires of your heart. What are you willing to let go of? I found myself in a season of my life where I had the opportunity to put myself in this choice. To completely let go and let God.
Not as easy as you think. When we think of letting God take control of our lives, we know that it appears to be good wisdom, but we like to dig our claws into things that matter most to us. Truth is I am NOT good at letting go. I have been a complete failure at this desire of my heart. Or, at least I have discovered that it is not as easy as we think it might me to trust in the Lord.
Growing up in a loving Christian home, I was exposed to the stories and teaching of the Bible. I knew and understood that this is a life choice. Choosing to live life as a Christian is still my life choice and will continue to be. It is not an easy choice. Nowhere in the Bible and the teaching of Jesus does it say that life will become all ‘rainbow and unicorns’ when you follow Jesus. In fact, it seems to be more of a life full of challenges. Humanity, no matter your faith or religion, is always full of challenges and struggles. What the Bible DOES promise is that you will not be alone. You will never go through challenges alone. You will always be able to give the burden to the Lord. I know each and every day that Jesus is my Lord and Savior and will be my ultimate tour guide on this adventure called life.
Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)
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.