The Master of Your Destiny

Just spend a few minutes doing an online search on inspirational messages about destiny. You’ll be flooded with quotes after quotes from famous and influential people and memes about how you are the master of your own ship. Here’s a few:- “You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct, and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.” Napoleon Hill, American self-help author

– “The best years of your life are the ones in which you realize … that you control your own destiny.” Albert Ellis, PhD, American psychologist

– “I am the master of my fate and the captain of my destiny.” Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, and later President of South Africa

– “Control your own destiny or someone else will.” Jack Welch, American business executive.

– “I don’t want to sit around and hope that good things will happen. I want to make them happen. I want to be control of my own destiny.” Drew Barrymore, American actress.

– “Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.” Marcus Tullis Cicero, Roman philosopher

Imagine being in the audience of an auditorium to hear one of these influential speakers, the place is packed and everyone is hanging on every word spoken. Maybe they wrote all the words of their speech themselves, or maybe their speech writer shaped the message, regardless you along with everyone else get caught up in the message. You can feel the excitement bubbling up in yourself and the others around you. You are inspired, you feel buoyed you up, they make you want to get off of the sidelines and get into the game, you can take on and conquer the world. You’re ready to get out there and score the goal, and do it right away!

They’re such great inspirational messages, aren’t they? Or are they? In my corporate career, I attended many of these kind of workshops, lots of “rah, rah” messages given to us employees to spur us on to achieve greater results. Some of the employees would joke about which flavor of the month we were going to be inspired by: paradigms, ladder of inference, personality profiles, mentoring, team building. You name it, whatever the next big trend in motivational training was, sooner or later, we were going to hear about it. And these motivational techniques also involved more than inspirational speeches such as day out excursions for team building activities like high-rope courses. Some were fun, but mostly the messages were all the same. You are in control.

But, I don’t believe that we are in control. Each one of those messages misses a very big point, at least they do for me. There are forces inside this world that have greater power than we ourselves have. And those forces work tirelessly to shape and control our future, our very destiny. We don’t see them, but we sure feel them, don’t we? It’s an age old, timeless tale of good verses evil. And from the dark side of evil, you are nothing but a pawn in a great masterful chess game. The goal of the dark side is to win, to make as many casualties as it can along the way. Satan wants to hurt God, and what better way to do so than to hurt God’s children.

Since God created each and everyone of us, He has a plan for our lives. What God wills will happen. I can be inspired by those motivational messages presented above, and in the past I have been inspired by such messages. I’ve taken the “bull by the horns,” and got out there to conquer. Being a rather impatient person, getting out and actively doing something appealed to me. I would rush out determined to make things happen. And, each and every time I’ve done so without consulting God, I’ve created a disaster. I’ve gone against whatever God had constructed for me. Time and time again God had to rescue me and do damage control. The consequences of such times have scarred me, some deeply, and also taught me so much about relying on God.

Relying on God is so much better. Waiting on His timing brings me so many more rewards. I am more at peace when God is in control. When I give things up to Him, I can trust that He will bring to me the best. And His best is so much better than anything I can bring about by myself. And for me, there’s a certain peace that centers over my spirit when I let God take control. When I am in a constant connection with God, I don’t worry if my steps are guiding me in the right direction, I don’t wonder where He is, I don’t fret over what’s next. I trust that He is leading me into the destiny that He designed just for me. If He wills it for my life, He will bring it about – not me.

God controls my destiny, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Isaiah 55:11 “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” ESV

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