Day 10

Boasting About Tomorrow

from the James reading plan

James 4:13-17, Proverbs 27:1, Acts 18:19-21, 1 Corinthians 5:6-8

BY She Reads Truth

Scripture Reading: James 4:13-17, Proverbs 27:1, Acts 18:19-21, 1 Corinthians 5:6-8

The other morning I sat down and thumbed through some old journals from earlier in my 20s. (Incidentally, if you want a good laugh, go back to another season in life and read about what was important to you then.) Sometimes I mentioned an upcoming event or trip or a boy or some kind of debacle that I’d found myself in. But I always had some kind of a plan in motion.

The trend started early. I once found a to-do list from when I was about eight years old that included “play outside for 1.5 hours.” Because childhood is way more fun when you plan it.

To this day, my tendency to plan is in full effect. Each and every day starts off with a to-do list of what I want to accomplish. I even add the tasks I’ve already finished, just for the satisfaction of checking them off ‘the list.’ Anyone else?

My junior year of college, some of my dearest and I planned a retreat to the suburbs of Chicago. As we pulled onto the freeway, I was in the passenger seat in charge of navigation, giving me the much-appreciated perception of control. So you can imagine my surprise when I looked up from my map to see the car in front of us at a full stop—while we cruised along in pace with the rest of the highway.

What happened next felt so slow that I can remember every moment, but it was, in reality, mere seconds. Everything became eerily silent. My last thought before impact was, You’re about to be in a car accident.

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes.
– James 4:13-14

Nothing prepares you for a crash. For the smell of exhaust. The sound of bending metal and shattering glass. The taste of airbag dust. The shock.

As things settled, I leaned my shoulder into the car door and stepped out of the wreckage into the stopped, shocked traffic, the Chicago skyline rising up around me. I brushed the airbag dust off of my shirt and cheeks and took a few shaky steps. For months, I would wrestle with the crash in my dreams as I waded through the feeling of helplessness.

It’s inevitable. We get phone calls or texts or emails that stop us dead in our tracks. The devastating news comes—on-screen, in a letter, or across someone else’s lips. Or maybe, like me, you’ve witnessed or experienced something horrific, something tragic or traumatic. Suddenly, your plans get pushed aside and those to-do lists get burned. You’re left raw and broken, trying to catch your breath.

That’s the moment when you remember the truth: you’re not the one upholding anything. You remember not to “boast about tomorrow, for you don’t know what a day might bring” (Proverbs 27:1). Christ alone holds all things together (Colossians 1:17).

Tomorrow could bring beauty; it could bring heartache. But as I’ve been reminded, even in my darkest moments, Christ holds me fast. Each moment is laced with His grace.


Melissa Zaldivar is a social in the world of academics and an academic in the world of socials. Ever the Enneagram Six, she likes to dream big, talk herself out of it, and then just do the thing already. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Bible/Theology as well as a Master’s in Theology. Her passions include eating Jimmy John’s sandwiches, showing people pictures of her nieces, and nerding out over biblical languages. If you ever need to know anything about obscure Puritanical American history or NASA, she’s your girl.

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69 thoughts on "Boasting About Tomorrow"

  1. Maiya H says:

    I’m so glad that I am not in charge of my tomorrow, although I have a tendency of trying to control it I am thankful that my God is in control and He has my best interest at heart.

  2. Tanyah Hope says:

    I’m so busy planning a return to building my acting career, that it has come to my attention that it has to be God’s intention for me to do so. I have no control in where I’ll end up in life, but I’m learning to stand still and just listen to where God is pointing me to go. I feel like a free spirit and less anxious when I let go. It’s something I’m going to constantly work on because I’m constantly seeing images of “You are in control”, “It’s your destiny”. All these images that social media spreads around in my generation makes me feel like I have to constantly reach for something I can’t touch and trying to always find something new to give me satisfaction.

  3. Shaina Lee says:

    I am reminded that I am not in control of my destiny but that God is in complete control. I’m also a planner and when things don’t go the way it is planned, it just shows how much God is in control.

  4. Lenna ArandaSanchez says:

    This is a hard reminder as well as a very humbling reminder. My struggle is that don’t hold onto fear for when the inevitable happens but that I also don’t hold onto hurt and pain when it does. My prayer must be proverbs 3:5-6

  5. Sarah Schumacher says:

    I definitely should commit these verses to memory. Life is a wonderful gift that we do not deserve.

  6. Michelle says:

    I think I’m wired to be a “planner”. It is part of how God created me… a gift He has given me to do well with planning/organizing. The problem is when I trust more in MY plans than in the Lord. When I don’t seek His will for me and my plans. When I use my gifts to create a false sense of security or control. Lord, forgive me.

  7. Jennifer says:

    I like to plan to things out as I go

  8. Maggie says:

    This is one of my favorite verses. As I child, I worried about everything. And I mean, everything. My mother was diagnosed with cancer when I was 10 years old, and lost her battle when I was almost 12. Oddly enough, this life changing event caused me to end my constant worry. I knew that God had a bigger plan than my own. Even in times when His plan didn’t make sense to me, I had faith that His plan was better than mine could ever be. He sees the bigger picture. 17 years later, I find myself looking back at all the times God has seen me through. All the times His plan has shown itself in my life. Why worry when the God of the universe has me in His hands? There is such peace in knowing He is in control.

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