As part of presenting a lesson to our youth at church yesterday morning, I was blessed by a conversation with them. More often than not, I leave those gatherings hoping they learned a fraction of what I walk away with.
But we talked about this idea of "our future." How our future isn't a magical destination. Poof, I'm there. It's not a vision or a dream. It is a very real moment in time. Whether 5 minutes from now, or 5 years from now, our future is ALWAYS the sum of the things we do and don't do in our lives. Our choices. Our responses.
We are prone to fantasize about the future, imagine it. That's fine. Might even be healthy. But our imaginations and fantasies don't write our future, our choices do. Every single one of them contributes to what our future actually becomes. No vision of the future can override choices made contrary to it.
Sometimes I forget how connected the next five minutes of my life are to my future. How important the bottom step of the staircase is to reaching the 2nd floor. I don't know that I always value enough the connection between right now - and the future. In talking with our youth yesterday, I realized the more I generalize and downplay the significance of the choices I make in the next five minutes of my life, the more I put at risk fulfilling the purpose God has written into my life.
I believe God has already imagined my future. He has a vision for it. And whether I think he's overbearing about it or not, I know his desire is I live every second of the next five minutes fighting to be in alignment with His vision. He's begging me to know THAT vision is far more glorious than any I can come up with.
Maybe you don't fight to be aligned with the God I follow. I get that. But that doesn't make the next five minutes of your life any less influential than mine. That next interaction with a co-worker. Your next Facebook post. The workout you don't feel like doing. The next opportunity to pat your kid on the back. It is not "just" another co-worker or "just" another post or "just" one workout or "just" one pat on the back. They are all very significant steps in writing a future.