The Future

The future.  Are these words scary or are they exciting?  Perhaps a mixture of both?  Different reactions at different times, I suppose.  Recently I’ve discovered a truth that I believe can revolutionize the way I think of my future.  Ready?  Here it comes…

Whenever we think about the future in the way it relates to our past, it can create fear in us.  This is evidenced in a job loss, career change, family death, etc.  However, when we allow ourselves to dream about what “could be” without the limitations of our education, work experience, past wounding, etc, it causes a different emotion – hope.

This idea has changed the way I think about the future.  I’m beginning to see how true this thought is especially as I’ve been walking through a season of change in my life.  (Nothing major, mind you, just things beginning to move in directions I had not previously considered a possibility.)

It causes you to ask different questions.  Instead of asking “what skills do I have that will help me move forward in life,” I ask “what skills would I need if I did x or y.”  The first question focuses on how my past will influence my future, the second gives me permission to dream bigger than my past limitations.

Of course I am not diminishing the skills I’ve picked up along the way, I just don’t want to be limited by them.  In fact, the more I dream about the future, the more I see how it ties to the places I’ve been and the things I’ve done.

So here’s the question of the day that we’re all either too afraid or too busy to ask:

How would your future look if you didn’t let fear affect you?

One Response to The Future
  1. Lynne VanArsdale
    July 11, 2011 | 2:13 am

    Amazingly I’m reading about this theme…well sort of…a story of John Snow who basically saved London from a deadly strain of cholera in the mid-1850′s. John apparently never flinched when it came to hope. He was the son of mere laborers, yet at a young age became London’s predominant anesthesiologist (and by many counts also is responsible for creating anesthesiology in the western world). He also was a founder of epidemiology. Against all odds and many opponents he proved that the Broad Street pump was the source of the cholera disease that could have wiped out London. God’s prints are all over this one, from the one public health official who opposed Dr. Snow, but published “source of water” on death certificates to prove him wrong, to the fact that a guy in Italy saw the cholera organism under a microscope for the first time by anyone 4 days before Dr. Snow made his historic discovery about the Broad Street pump. John Snow just kept doing what the Lord put before him. Every day. Without fail. There is a funny story about how he would determine dosage for ether as an anesthetic by noting the time, taking a measured hit of ether, then noting the time when he woke up. After collecting that data, he was a must for any dentist doing tooth extractions, as you might imagine. On the hard days it is hard to remember and on the good days I forget to remember…trust in Him, do what He puts in my path, cry out when I need help, pray all the time. God’s strength be with you, brother! Sounds like there are mighty assignments in store for you!

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