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SCRIPTURE REFLECTION OF THE MONTH

“ 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.” –Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah29 11As Jr. High students, sometimes, it can seem like everyone around you is obsessed with your future. Your parents are concerned about you getting good grades so you can get into higher level classes, and then get into better colleges, and finally get great jobs, so you can be successful. Your teachers tell you constantly that you will “need this information in the future”, and your coaches push you hard to perform well in practice and games if you want a “future” in your sport. Sometimes, it seems like everyone around you is a whole lot more interested in what will happen in a future that seems decades away than they are in what is going on right now.

While the people in your lives are trying to prepare you for the best possible future, you are trying to figure out what you want that future to look like yourself. “Where will I go to high school?”, “Will I get into a great college?”, “What do I want to do when I get older?”, “What kind of job do I want?”, “Do I want to get married?”, “Will I still be close with my friends?”… The whole idea of your future can be STRESSFUL! Sometimes, you feel like all you can do is worry about what might come to be.

Don’t stress. Chill out. There’s good news. In the above verse from Jeremiah 29:11, God takes all the questions that everyone is asking you about your future and says, “Don’t worry… I’ve got this.” He reminds you that your future is in HIS hands. This is awesome news. God loves you more than your parents, your friends, even more than you love yourself. He is in control of your future, and since He is in control, you can rest assured that His plans are even better than your own! Your future has been mapped out since before you are born, and the path God has chosen for you is the one that will make you even happier than you could imagine… happier than a Division I scholarship, happier than a 6 figure job, happier than an Ivy league school, happier than a supermodel spouse. His plans are what you are created for!

It’s great to know that while you may not know the future, you know who is in control of it, a God who loves you and wants what’s best for you. All you have to do is work hard,  do your best, stay in close relationship with Him, and let Him take care of the rest!

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