Thoughts About the Future…

I’ve been thinking a lot about my future lately. As a 17 year-old, that’s only natural. I’ll be turning 18, graduating, and then what? Will I get a permit? Will I get a job? Will nothing change right away? Or will changes suddenly be thrust upon me?

To be honest, I’m scared. It’s scary to turn 18. After all, that’s when you’re considered an adult! You’ll start to take on more responsibilities and more will be expected of you.
Graduating? Oh, I’m super excited for that! No more school!!! *toots horn*

But…. Then what? With my brother’s wedding quickly approaching, I realize how fast time flies. He started dating his bride-to-be 2 years ago? What?! And didn’t he just get a job and his licence? Nope. That was years ago, but the memories are still so fresh in my mind, that it seems like just yesterday. And now he’s going to be a husband in just a month!

I think that’s partly what’s making me so scared. Seeing how quickly his life changed and wondering if it’s going to be that way for me. What if I do get married in a few years? That’s impossible for me to even comprehend. I don’t even know who my future husband is yet!

Where will I meet him; and how? Will it be love at first sight, or will it gradually grow?

And getting a job?! I admit, there is a part of me that’s anxious to get a job, but another part of me that’s completely terrified. I don’t do well under pressure and I’m a slow learner. I’m worried I’ll be a complete failure. But still, there’s this part of it that seems so fun! And who wouldn’t love to make some money on a regular basis, right?

The future is a scary thing. You don’t know what it holds for you. To us, the future is a blank page.

But here’s something I’m trying to focus on – God already knows what the future holds for me. He sees my whole life laid out before Him. And though my flesh is terrified, I need to work on changing that fear into trust. I need to trust that God has the perfect life planned out for me and know that He will never give me more than I can handle.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” says The Lord, “Thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Are you afraid of the future? Does it seem to be coming too quickly for you, too?

I encourage you, do not be afraid. God’s got this all in His hands. In the meantime, you can pray about it. Pray for guidance on where you should work. Pray for your future husband daily. And, above all, pray for peace, strength, and wisdom to help you overcome your fear and to make wise choices when your future suddenly becomes your present. :)

~Jaclynn~

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6 thoughts on “Thoughts About the Future…”

  1. Amen, Jaclynn. I’m only 13, but I often think about the future ahead. You’re right – it’s scary. It’s unknown. But you’re right – God has it in control. I’ve had to tell myself that – to remind myself he has me in his hands. :)
    Thank you for posting this, Jaclynn. I love your posts on here. :) I’ll be praying for you and your family in the new chapter in your life. <3
    ~Grace <3

    1. I don’t believe you’re ever too young to start wondering about your future. I think it’s good to wonder about it and set goals and plans for your future life :)
      Awe, thank you so much, Grace! <3
      ~Jaclynn~

  2. I’ve been feeling the same way. Since I’m nearing the end of high school, people have started asking me what college I want to go to and other questions like that. And the only answers I really have for them are “I don’t know.” Or, “I just want to be a mom!” So then I start getting a little anxious about the future… wondering if I SHOULD have better answers to these things. I have to keep reminding myself that I’m not in control of my future. God is. And if I can remember that, then I’ll save myself a lot of stress. 😉

    ~Lizzy

    1. That’s awesome that you’re focusing on that, Lizzy! Don’t let other people stress you out about your future. 😉
      ~Jaclynn~

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