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by Grant Everly

As a teenager it’s easy to get caught up in worrying about the future. From freshman year of high school and after, you’re constantly confronted with the reality that in a matter of years you will have to choose a college, which is then followed choosing a major, which is then followed by choosing an occupation, which is then followed by many other decisions. With the overwhelming nature of our lives, it’s difficult to remember our future is determined by God, and that when we choose to give our life to Christ, we have chosen to entrust God with our future.

The other day I was reading in Jeremiah and came across a prayer that Jeremiah says goes along with the idea of letting God dictate the direction of our lives. Jeremiah 10:23-24 says:

” Lord, I know that a man doesn’t control his own life.
He doesn’t direct his own steps.
Correct me, Lord. But please be fair.
Don’t correct me when you are angry.
If you do, nothing will be left of me.”

I would like to think I allow God to direct the “steps” of my life, but I’m sure I fail miserably. Although I may not be perfect I do constantly strive to allow God to direct my life, but as I read these verses the part that really stuck out to me is the word “correct.”

In giving my future to God I often pray that God will lead me, but I rarely ask God to “correct” me and show me they areas in which I’m ignorant of my short comings. It’s a little frightening to know there could be areas of my life I never realized I wasn’t allowing God to direct.

Through the words of Jeremiah I was certainly convicted. I came to the realization that it is necessary to not only seek God’s guidance in what is to come, but to also allow God to show us what we need yet have failed to change.

In a way it’s a matter of pride. We don’t naturally think to allow God to show us where we are brutally falling short, but as Jeremiah displays, allowing God to direct our future also requires us to allow God to “correct” us in areas in which we may not want to listen to Him. We must humble ourselves and allow God to reveal to us the areas in which we aren’t living up to the expectations and desires that He has for us.

So as we ask for guidance. May we be willing to let God “correct” us regardless of how reluctant we may be in allowing God to have His will.

Grant Everly is a sophomore at Warren Township High School and regularly attends church with his family and iMPACT on Sunday nights. He plays soccer, enjoys sports and has passion for learning more about Christ and growing in Him.

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