“If you want to know your past, look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future, look into your present actions. ”
–Buddhist Saying

I am still as introspective as I always am. Lately I have been thinking about the future, about planning, about how to accomplish what I want to do. I have also been thinking about where I am now, and sure it does not line up with where I thought I was going to be but I now have a better picture than I did before which in reality it means a lot more than getting to a goal I though was right.

Having a discussion with a friend yesterday we talked about goals, money and planning. Is it wrong to want more and have ambition? Is it better to just look at what you have right now and enjoy it? Is it insane to be working every day and not having enough energy to enjoy God’s creation and just live?

Answer those questions my friends :)

10 comments on “Future

  1. It is wrong to have ambition? No. To have too much? Yes.

    all things in moderation, my friend.

    God has given you so many gifts..and He wants to bless you fully. And He has. But it’s how we use those gifts. God didn’t give them to us to hide under a bushel. He gave them to us to glorify Him. And I think that being responsible in their use is a good thing…wanting to use htem to their full potential is a good thing.

    The fact that you’re taking time to make sure you’re on the rihgt track speaks volumes about you, my freind. Volumes.

  2. Aah. Question of the day, isn’t it? I don’t think it’s wrong to want more. Without ambition, nothing much would get done, however I tend to agree that there is such a thing as too much ambition.

    I can look at my life and say that I am happy with where I am, but I also know that this is not where I want to be for the rest of my life. So I appreciate what I have now and also where that will take me in the future.

    As for not having the energy to enjoy what you’ve been working your butt off for, yeah, I think that is insane. You can miss so much when you’re stressed out and tired. So then what would be the point?

  3. It’s never wrong to pray for more…be it money, stuff, or relationshipes. God wants to bless your life. How can you be blessed if you don’t expect to be blessed.

    Many believe that being poor makes you holy. Poor people can be holy, but poverty is not holy in itself.

    God tells us over and over that he wants his people to thrive and be successful. God wants us to be at the peak of our game, in whatever phase of life we are in.

    So, no, it’s not terrible to want more. I’m a tither, I’m a giver. And you know what? I pray for money daily. And I’m not bitter if I don’t get it. I am blessed in so many other ways, I don’t know what to do with myself. If God doesn’t grant your prayer, it’s because it’s not in his will. But it sure doesn’t hurt to ask. He has so many blessings to unload….all you have to do is ask.

    He loves giving to his children.

    Hope this helps……love ya!

  4. Is it wrong to want more and have ambition? I don’t think it’s wrong to want more….I guess I would think I’m settling for less if I didn’t want to improve on what I do have. As far as ambition; those with little or no ambition usually don’t get very far in life. And I don’t mean get to the top by srewing people over, but always make higher goals for yourself…..

    Is it better to just look at what you have right now and enjoy it? I don’t think one has to choose between these first 2…..I believe we should always strive for better, but at the same time be happy with what we do have. Personally, I’d be very unhappy all the time if I were only concerned about what the future is going to bring; I must live in the present and be happy too.

    Is it insane to be working every day and not having enough energy to enjoy God’s creation and just live? Unfortunately to live, we must work. But I believe everything can be taken to extremes. This happens all too often here, and there are too many people who put money at the top of their ‘priority’ list and forget that the simple things in life are really the foundation of our happiness. (Only my opinion of course!) I try to divide my time up fairly between work and ‘play’ and though it can be a challenge at times, I think I do a pretty good job. I have to take time to enjoy my family and when I’m not at work, usually I don’t even think about my job.

    Have a great weekend!!

  5. Is it wrong to want more and have ambition?

    Absolutely not. If we never wanted more and had ambition we would never better ourselves. I am at a point in my life where I want more and I know I am going to have to work to get there; both financially, emotionally and spiritually. It is when ambition becomes “blind ambition” and we lose site of what we are striving for and why that I think people get into trouble.

    Is it better to just look at what you have right now and enjoy it? We shoudl all be better at “living in the moment and enjoying what we have.” When we die all we will have is memories of a life (hopefully well lived). It will not matter what kind of car we drove, what clothes we wore or what house we had. Being a good person is what matters most. “Do Unto Others” if you are a good person at the core – the rest if you are ambitious for more or content with what you have comes secondary.

    Is it insane to be working every day and not having enough energy to enjoy God’s creation and just live?

    As someone already pointed out working for the majority of us is a necessity. Perhaps an insane necessity but an unavoidable one nonetheless. We cannot “just live” with out certain basic necessessities and even those cost in our society today. I believe that we have a right to take care of ourselves and not leave that to others. The trick is in finding a good balance (and this is different for each of us) between working and the rest of our lives. (HA am I ever the pot calling the kettle black on that one!)

  6. We all need ambition in life to progress, but we all, I think need to appreciate where we are, and what we have. The Lord has brought us thus far, and He promised us blessings, but they don’t always have to be material things. Health, love, and security, and family, are the biggest blessings. Sometimes we just get caught up in life and forget to see what is really important. I, for one have made up my mind to say Thank you for what I have now, and for the family I have. Somehow the bigger house and better car and big swimming pool just doesn’t sound so fullfilling if you don’t have the important stuff.

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