“Perhaps the best inspiration for the new year, and best way to be equipped to navigate life well and handle whatever comes your way, is to have a good sense of Providence.
For this, as we enter into 2014, let me offer you a quote from what might first seem an unlikely source — Ronald Reagan. He seems like an unlikely source on this at first because he was not a preacher or pastor or other religious figure. However, he was a follower of Christ (as he stated on several occasions) and I would actually suggest that he is among the most qualified to speak from experience on God’s Providence, given the role he played in history and that, as he said often after the assassination attempt on his life, he consciously lived his life anew for God from that point on.
Here’s what he had to say in his autobiography:
I was raised to believe that God has a plan for everyone and that seemingly random twists of fate are all a part of His plan. My mother—a small woman with auburn hair and a sense of optimism that ran as deep as the cosmos—told me that everything in life happened for a purpose. She said all things were part of God’s Plan, even the most disheartening setbacks, and in the end, everything worked out for the best. If something went wrong, she said, you didn’t let it get you down: You stepped away from it, stepped over it, and moved on. Later on, she added, something good will happen and you’ll find yourself thinking—“If I hadn’t had that problem back then, then this better thing that did happen wouldn’t have happened to me.”
That’s an incredible thing to hear from an American president.”