I am the guy with a vision. I have big plans. There are big things I want to make happen both in my ministry and in my life. As a result, I am also a worrier. That’s what happens when you are always looking to the future instead of the present. We get anxious.

My struggle is letting God be in control, but He tells us in our second reading this weekend, “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God” (Philippians 4:6). Prayer is our relationship with God. Petition is what we ask of Him. Thanksgiving is for the gifts of the past and present. If we are focused on this, we cannot get caught up by the anxiety of looking ahead.

Our God has a plan for us. Trusting in His plan is the virtue of hope. It is so important to trust in this plan even when it doesn’t align with our own. Like I said, I look ahead a lot, but I can’t desire to have my own plans succeed more than God’s or impose my plans upon Him. His plans will lead me and those around me to Heaven. Who knows where mine lead…