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What is something that one of your parents said to you that you will never forget?
When I was about 8 years old, my Mom said something to me that surprised me.
It was Sunday morning. I had finished breakfast and was heading out to hop on my BMX bike for a day of riding around our country property. There were lots of bush tracks, dirt roads and the occasional system of jumps to make the ride fun!
As I was getting my mike out of the garage, Mom said, “I don’t want you riding on the paved road. Stay on the dirt roads.”
This sounds like a perfectly reasonable request unless you know about the jumps on the section of paved road in the cut-away just above our property. A small hillside had been cut into so the road could travel up gently. There were huge dirt sides with drainage ditches on both sides of the paved road. And, in these ditches were jumps that used the momentum of coming down the hillside and launched you high up and far out - onto the paved road.
“Awwww, please!?! Those are the best jumps!” I begged.
“Davy,” Mom said, “Cars drive through there very fast. If you got hit by a car, you could die!”
Those were the words that surprised me. “You could die!” It’s not that I thought I was Superman or some other superhero. I knew I was mortal. It was just very different than something else my Mom repeated many many many times as I was growing up.
God has great plans for you life. She told all of us kids that more times than we could count.
“But Mom,” I said, “I can’t die.”
Now it was Mom’s turn to be surprised. She folded her arms across her chest and said, “Oh, really? And why would you think a silly thing like that?”
“Because,” I said, with complete confidence, “You always say God has great plans for my life and I haven’t done anything for Him, yet!”
Mom laughed! Then she said, “Davy, God does have great plans for your life. That’s true. But He also expects you to act responsibly. No riding on the paved road. I mean it!”
Well, that settled it. Every kid knows “I mean it” means business!
I honestly do not remember where I rode my bike that day. But, what I do remember is that story and that promise: God has great plans for my life.
God has great plans for your life, too. Hopefully you have someone reminding you of that promise every day. That single phrase has given me hope and a sure future over and over in my life.
The Review and Herald, November 17, 1896