A few weekends ago, I was one of millions of people from around the globe who tuned-in to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle; and, yes, I loved every minute of it!
Not only was I impressed by the simplicity and natural beauty that was so perfectly highlighted throughout the morning; but I was uniquely struck by the backstory of their love story.
To fill you in, Meghan is a divorced American actress and outspoken women’s rights activist. She has spoken before enormous crowds and exceptionally powerful people and now finds herself the newest member of the Royal family and a modern-day princess. Talk about a come-back! What started as a blind date set up by a mutual friend, has now become a moment in history that will never be forgotten.
As the weeks have passed since I watched their beautiful ceremony, I have pondered one thing on many occasions. Before Prince Harry got down on one knee to ask for her hand in marriage, he first needed to have the queen’s permission—the queen who also happens to be his grandmother! Now, of course, prior to giving her blessing to her grandson, she would have first had to have had Meghan “vetted”.
No doubt this would have included an extensive look into her past social, personal and professional lives. They would have examined, in intricate detail, years of her life when she never would have even imagined meeting the prince much less marrying him; yet, it was those crucial years that counted the most.
This thought has caused me to stop on many occasions and ask myself this one question.
“Will what I am about to do, disqualify me from God’s blessing in the future?”
I guarantee you this one thing—Meghan Markle did not live every moment of her life perfectly—and neither will you or I; but it is of utmost importance that we strive to live each moment remembering what the Bible says in Jeremiah 29:11. “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
You see, friend. What you do today will determine your future. A future that the Lord wants to use to prosper you! For some, this is a future relationship. For others, a professional future and for some a future in ministry. Whatever that future looks like, God’s blessing on it carries a value that cannot be measured.
So, I ask you this. How will you respond to that thought? Will you decide with me today to use this question as the litmus test for your decisions? – “Will what I am about to do disqualify me from God’s blessing in the future?”