In 2009 I sat in a classroom at Tennessee Technological University under the teaching of a certain professor. The last thing I ever expected was a sermon on the ways of men versus the way of God, but midway through a lecture on public speaking my professor broke into this speech (paraphrased):
“You have your way. God has His way. God’s way don’t seem to work, it don’t seem to make sense to us. But it does work. I can testify to that. I’ve walked His way for many years, and it always works. Then you’ve got your way. It seems to work. It makes sense to you. But listen to me, it don’t work at all. You won’t get anywhere with your way, no matter how good it looks to you. It will leave you unsatisfied, but God’s way won’t. That’s the truth of it. You can do it your way, ain’t nobody gonna stop you, but it won’t work. It just won’t. Anyways, back to the lesson.”
Simple, true. I have never forgotten it.