1 To humans belong the plans of the heart,
but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.
2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
but motives are weighed by the Lord.
3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.
The fatalist believes he is powerless to change his destiny, so he’s tempted to apathy. The idealist believes his fate rests on his own shoulders, so he’s tempted to despair. These three proverbs should be a comfort to us all, regardless of which way we lean.
On the one hand, you may have more control over the direction of your life than you think. Your plans belong to you. Where would you like to be in the future? What steps can you take today to get there? How much adversity are you willing to overcome along the way? How patient will you be when delayed? You have the dignity of deciding these things for yourself.
On the other hand, the results aren’t all up to you. Your plans belong to you, but results are subject to the circumstances of life. How much is really under your control? The more you try to control everything, the more anxious you will be. You aren’t qualified for that job, but there is someone who is. Take control of your self, and commit the results to the Lord. Let go of what you can’t control, and embrace what you can. “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”