I've had the huge privilege this year to walk along side an awesome team of talented, Christ-loving volleyball players. As with all highly competitive teams, their goal is to win the championship, but along side this goal they have a motto: "But if not."
We play to win, but if not we will still give God the glory.
We want to win, but if not life will go on and God will still be good.
Every time this quote is brought up, I am reminded of how powerful this outlook can be in my own life. I may have plans, but if they don't work out, God is still God and He still has a wonderful plan for my life. As David wrote: "In your heart you plan your life. But the Lord decides where your steps will take you" (Proverbs 16:9).
So let us live with this outlook. That God is in control no matter what and His love is better than anything else. Let's live for His glory, not our own.