Occasionally, a post bears repeating here on LYWB.com. Since January is a great time to focus on changing habits, I thought I’d pull this post out of the archives for us to revisit. I hope God uses it to challenge you all over again.
No, I don’t have a crystal ball. I can’t predict what circumstances your future holds. But I do know what kind of girl you’re going to be down the road. She’s the same kind of girl you are right now.
Like it or not, what you choose to do now will either form habits you have to break in the future or habits that are helpful to you. In other words, “you are what you are becoming.”
In Galatians 6:7 we read, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that he will also reap.” You are making choices right now that are planting seeds in the dirt of your life. Those seeds will grow up to determine who you are and what your life looks like in the future.
Let me give you some practical examples of this truth in action. Do you want to marry a Christian? Then commit to only date Christians now. The best predictor of your future relationships is the patterns you’re developing in your current relationships. Do you want to have a more serious relationship with God “someday” but for now you’re funneling your energy into sports, or friends, or academics? Make Him your number one priority now. Do you want to serve God with your whole heart as an adult? Look for ways to serve Him that way today. Now is the right time to serve others and to get plugged in to meaningful ministry through your local church. Do you want your future choices to be based on God’s will for your life? Seek His insight in the choices you are making today. Learn His Word so that you can prepare for a future grounded in God’s truth. Do you plan to give up a bad habit, or a toxic relationship, or a pattern of sin “someday” but hold on to it for now because you’re young and it doesn’t seem to matter? Give it up now before it has the chance to grow into a thorn bush in your life.
There’s no time like the present to face up to the truth that your current choices will determine who you are in the future. What are you sowing today? Is the gal you are right now the gal you desire to be in the future? What “little things” do you need to change in order to sow the seeds for the future you want?