13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” – James 4:13-15
One of the rules in the book “12 Rules for Life” by Jordan Peterson is “Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today”. In there he described how can we make our lives better by making small changes in our lives. He wrote:
“Pay attention. Focus on your surroundings, physical and psychological. Notice something that bothers you, that concerns you, that will not let you be, which you could fix, that you would fix. You can find such somethings by asking yourself three questions: ‘What is it that is bothering me?’ ‘Is that something I could fix?’ and ‘Would I actually be willing to fix it?’ If you find that the answer is ‘no,’ to any or all of the questions, then look elsewhere. Aim lower. Search until you find something that bothers you, that you could fix, that you would fix, and then fix it. That might be enough for the day…Do that for three years, and your life will be entirely different.”
While this is a very good practical advice to motivate us to make changes in our lives, this is a self-directed life where we are at the king of our lives, and making the call of what to do. The problem is that we do not know what will happen tomorrow or even later today. A better guide in life is to let the Creator of the universe, who is all-knowing, to direct our every step. He has a purpose for each of His children, so let us surrender to His plan, and ask for His direction for our lives. His direction might be to fix things in our lives that concern us, that we could fix, and that we would fix; but we should start by asking the direction from our all-knowing Father in heaven.
“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps” – Proverbs 16:9