What will you be doing five years from now? What were you doing five years ago? The first is a question that, all too often, we think we know the answer to. However, sometimes all it takes is a reflective period to think on the answer to the second to make us realize that we don’t necessarily know the answer to what we will be doing five years in the future.
What was I doing five years ago? I was newly married to Jodi, living in Jacksonville, FL, and I knew that I wanted to take a year off and get a master’s degree online through Liberty University. Doctoral work, for me, was out of the question. I was working at Wachovia (which would soon become Wells Fargo), and I was also in the middle of an internship at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Sanford, FL. I had just gotten into apologetics through reading “Can Man Live Without God?” and William Lane Craig’s website. I had never taken any philosophy courses, and I was still slightly suspicious of Molinism (but also suspected it was true).
At that time, I thought that Jodi and I would have one or two kids by now. I thought that I would be working full-time at a church as an assistant pastor, and that maybe I would be a little more involved in apologetics. I figured I would have an MAR and that would finish my education. I thought I probably would own a house.
Almost none of these things happened (I am involved more in apologetics). I have taken philosophy courses, I am working to move toward doctoral work, we don’t have any children, etc. I don’t even live in the same state anymore. So what will I be doing in five years? Well, I can tell you a little bit about where I’d like to be. I’d like to either have my PhD or be very close to completing it; I’d like to have kids by then; I’d like to do and see a lot of things. Who knows how many of those things will happen? Above all, I just need to be committed to following the Lord’s direction for my life.
So where will you be in five years? Where were you five years ago? Where did you think you would be? Are you following the Lord where he leads you? These are all things to consider as you move throughout your life.