A Timely Letter to My Younger Self

Thursday, September 27, 2012 Posted by Debbie Legg

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Hi Debbie!

Yes, I know you just heard from me a couple of weeks ago when I wrote A Letter To My 18 Year-old Self as a guest post for Julie’s blog.  This is different.  I need to tell you about an overarching theme in your life, an area God will work on, but you will…um…resist. 

It’s about time management. 

Stop rolling your eyes and let me finish.  This isn’t about being lazy or watching too much tv.  This is about control—and who has it.

You like to set your own schedule.  You get snippy when anyone messes with your plans.  God’s plans for your day (and life) are ALWAYS BETTER.  DON’T fight it.  Go with God’s flow.   

There’s more.  God not only wants control of your scheduled time, but also your unscheduled time—the time in your head, when you plot out every possible scenario so you know how to handle it when it happens (This includes all of those, “What I Should Have Said” conversations).

You imagine 1,000 ways a scene could play out, but it NEVER goes the way you think.  God always goes with the 1001st way, the one you never imagined. DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME TRYING TO CONTROL WHAT ISN’T GOING TO HAPPEN. 

Remember these things:
1. “God is always on time, rarely early.”  He created time.  His is perfect.
2. Do not worry about…what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” (Luke 12:11,12)  Quit writing dialogue you’ll never use.  Focus on listening and hearing.
3. Corrie Ten Boom said, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” He’s already in tomorrow, preparing everything you need, to help you and not to harm you (Jeremiah 29:11).

Plan ahead and organize, but don’t stress, worry, manipulate or try to control.  Let God control your time.  He will do an amazing job.  You will not be sorry.

Love, Me

PS—In a few years, when your friend Steve tempts you to try the El Grande Burrito with extra hot sauce, don’t do it.  Trust me.  It won’t be pretty.  

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