Specifically, when it comes to some of the Christian college students I know, watching them plan (or not-plan, as the case often is) their futures makes me wince uncomfortably. I remember that looming feeling of uncertainty as I went through college. Sure, I had a major...but where was I going. What was I going to do?
I prayed, but I also pursued options. Some might call that faith + works.
I guess that is where I have found myself conflicted as I talk with young friends of mine. Their commitment to 'not worry' could sometimes be interpreted as not doing anything. I wince and twitch and feel convicted because I cannot decide if I am being faithless or they are being irresponsible.
It is never that straightforward--and each situation calls for a prayerful examination of our motives. Nonetheless, I really liked this post by Jon Acuff. (The comments were rich too!)
"It’s OK to mix prayer with purpose, acceptance with action, surrender with sweat."
I love this way of thinking about parenting intentionally--with a hammer in one hand and a sword in the other--all while praying fervently for wisdom, patience, love and other spiritual fruit. They are His children. He has a plan for their lives. Yet, they have been entrusted into our care for a reason.
It is not our work, but His. Let's not be lazy.