Freewill and Destiny

There are two things I’m passionate about. There are more, but these are the two I’m tickling your ear with today. Freewill and destiny. They seem a contradiction at first glance, but I assure you nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, I’m going to explain. Otherwise, this would be a short blog post and you all might start throwing rotten vegetables at me. Can’t have that, can we?

I will tackle destiny first because it is the stuff fairy tales are made of. And I love a good fairy tale. I believe God has set a path for each and every one of us. A scavenger hunt for life. He has a plan…a destiny. Some will never start. Others will join the race late. A few get smart quick and come out of the gate running. To the latter, I tip my hat to you. I am a rock-head and therefore keep falling off course, bruising my foolish pride and scratching my resolve. Lessons in gravity are taught to me frequently. It might be better if my head was rubber. Bounce-back would be much faster.

Jeremial 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Is God predetermining our futures?

If so, how is that really freewill?

These are common questions asked by those that sit on the sidelines, soaking in the sin and tripping runners. I know because they have tripped me before. Atheists are the very best at this, so sure of their nothing. Tripping is not the bad thing you may think. Stumbling blocks do not have to be fatal. As a matter-of-fact, they may help you finish the race.


They can make you question everything and seek truth. Do that and you are back on the path in no time.

So how does destiny tie in with freewill? Because your destiny is a gift that can only be chosen. God loves us so much that He gave us the freedom to choose everything or choose nothing. He is plenty powerful enough to force us to bend to His will, but that is not love. It would go against what He is. We must freely choose the destiny He has so lovingly laid out before us.

But that makes you weak…just a puppet.

A popular reply from the sideline. When you hear this, you must decide what you believe. Cramming your running shoe down said heckler’s throat is an option, but it will take you out of the race long enough that you may lose something that was waiting for you. This race does have expiration dates for certain power-ups and sometimes treasures are postponed for years.

Put your shoe back on, smile big at the sideline and make dust. Choose! Destiny may be waiting over the next rise.

Peace, love and God’s will.

About Diane Graham

Diane Graham lives in the mountains of eastern Oklahoma with her husband, children and many dogs. She is an avid reader and lover of all art forms that encapsulate imagination and goodness. Her debut novel I Am Ocilla was released in March 2012.

16 comments on “Freewill and Destiny

  1. The shoe-throat-heckler option is always my immediate choice, until good sense prevails (eventually).

    I told my kids I wanted them to study at college because I know how important that is, but I gave them the choice. They have free will so can choose to follow my plan and study at college, or go out to work or, gulp, do nothing while they decide what to do.

    I think God work that way. We can choose to follow His plan, or our plan, or something in between. Following His plan is the wise thing to do, but how many of us do?

    • Whoever said we were wise? LOL

      I understand where you are coming from, Paul. Give them the options, stand back, close your eyes and pray. 😀

  2. My dearest daughter,

    Just keep pluggin, cause no matter what the task,chippin away at it always makes it smaller. Sometimes we look at a task as if it’s a mountain. Even a mountain can be moved with persistence. we just need to tackle one little corner a day.

  3. I needed to read me some scrappy this morning…thanks, Diane! 🙂

  4. I guess it all comes down to your trust in God’s Love for you. With all His wisdom and perfection, if He truly loves us each individually, He would indeed actually know what path would bring us the most happiness and help us reach our greatest individual potential. Those eager (as you say) to “trip the runners” love the debate that God is in for cookie cutters, but I see way too much evidence to the contrary. Show me two roses that are identical. We are growing, we are organic and very much under constant development. Yes, there are basic guidelines and rules because like Gravity, natural laws and consequences do exist for everyone because they are laws. We do not get to pick which laws we want to abide by. However, I believe that within the boundaries that the Lord sets, we have a potential to flourish with beautiful individuality, if we are but willing to trust that unlike us shortsighted humans, He knows us, inside and out and what we are capable of without comparison to anyone else.

    Sadly, I think too many people, worried about being seen as individuals will use sins to test whether or not someone truly loves them. They lie to themselves and all else claiming “this is who I am and if you truly love me, you will not try to change me.”

    True, if we truly love, we will not FORCE, but that doesn’t me that we stop encouraging those I love to be grow and reach for their potential. I want the same for my stories, let alone the people dearest to me. As I have said, I believe God does know (yep, even where Parents just guess), but it comes down to us trusting Him.

    Thanks sis

    • “We are growing, we are organic and very much under constant development.”

      That is a beautiful truth and I agree. 😀

  5. Battered and bruised, fallen down and knocked down, every choice that laid me low was mine. As were the decisions to fight it, beat it, and climb back up. God has a plan for each of us. But we can’t find it until we find Him.

    Another beautiful pearl Diane.

  6. Kevin, so sorry!

    • Thank you!! I give Him all the credit and glory. Although I will say that the view from the peak is oh so much sweeter… when you’ve just climbed out of the valley.

  7. My dearest Kevin,

    How very true. I also know how hard it is to see the top from the bottom, you kinda get a crick in your neck. LOL

  8. I wish I had more scrappy in me, Diane. I get sidelined so easily.

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