Like most people in our socially connected world today, I tend to share some personal milestones on my social media. We like to share pictures and videos from our birthdays, vacation, graduation, wedding etc
But a lot of the time, we just don’t share real candid moments from those events but the well curated moments that we think the viewers will appreciate. Most people already agree that social media is very artificial and filtered to show you the highlights. We struggle to have the best photo feed with carefully thought out color schemes, pretty meals, quotes etc
So, like any other person, after I got married, I shared some of my wedding photos. And, If you’ve gotten married in the past few years too, you’ll know that wedding videographers now have an option where they make you a ‘social media length’ video because why not? Why go through the stress of chopping your wedding video yourself when you can get it made perfect for you by the professionals?
By the time I got my video, it was already a couple of months passed my wedding and I did not want to randomly post the video.
So, this morning, I woke up with the video on my mind. I thought for a second about whether to post it and then I figured it would still be too random. While still thinking, I decided I would wait till my 1 year anniversary to post this ‘never before seen’ video. And then it was like I heard a voice clearly in my head, ‘who told you that you would be alive then’?
Now, as a Christian (especially being African lol), I know how to rebuke the lies of the devil over my life. I said to my self, “I will be alive” and I will post my video then. But then, after the initial shock had passed, I stayed quiet and pondered on this thought a little more.
Yes, the devil may lie to us to derail our destinies and keep us in fear but what if God was the one speaking? Remember, the voice didn’t say I would not be alive. It simply asked who told me I would be? If you’re fluent in ‘Christianese’, you’ll simply say God of course, the bible tells us so.
But, as I kept thinking, the Holy Spirit made it clear to me that there is a thin line between confidence and arrogance. Everyone tells you to have a 5 year plan, 10 year plan, 20 year plan which is all good but we forget that there’s a big caveat when planning. That is; being alive to see those plans through.
Yes, the bible tells us that Christ came to give us life in abundance and we can be really confident in that. God wants us on earth living for him and bringing glory to his name. He wants us to plan our lives and to prepare for tomorrow. Luke 14:28 says ‘For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?’
God is definitely not against us planning for the next 5 years but the question is why are we planning? Are we planning because we have some grand ambition that will bring us great wealth, fame and honor? Are we planning because we want to feel good about ourselves and tell the world that we achieved everything by our sweat? Or are we planning because God commands us to ‘occupy till he comes’? Because He commands us to be fruitful and multiply?
Do we ask for his direction and join him on the ride? Or do we plan our lives and then ask him to come along if interested? Answering these will reveal either confidence in God or arrogance.
How about the times God asks us to do something? Do we act right way or put it off for next week or next year? A Chinese proverb I love is “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
Essentially, do not put off for tomorrow what you can do today. How are you certain you will be alive tomorrow? Psalm 90:12 says “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
So many times we think ‘I can’t wait to have money so that I can spoil my parents’. That’s a great idea! But its a plan that is entirely contingent on the existence of both us and our parents at some future date when we would have acquired what we consider enough to spoil them.
We should never put off blessing people, saying thank you, showing care and love. Start where you are and with what you have.
As my thoughts came to an end, I decided to look at that question with humility rather than fear or intimidation. I was humbled by the fact that I had planned a year ahead and yet, only God could guarantee I would be on earth.
In the end, as Christians, what does it matter if we live or die? In Phillipians 1:20-21, Paul says, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain’
The truth is this: Live each day fully and with a consciousness that it is the day the lord has made. Do what needs to be done without hesitation.
At the same time, focus on things that are eternal rather than temporal. In the grand scheme of things, my social media feed or what you have for dinner or your latest vacation spot does not matter.
Although God wants us to enjoy those things, we should never forget what matters. I still plan to share my wedding video on my 1 year anniversary lol because I am confident that He will keep me in abundant life. But, I would be arrogant not to acknowledge that He is the one that preserves.
Heart to Heart: Are you guilty of unconscious arrogance? How do you reconcile future plans with trusting God? Do you struggle with procrastination?