Young person, seeking great things for yourself, Christ counsels, "Do not seek them." I remember that as a young man I was ambitious. I was seeking to go to college, to leave my congregation in the wilderness that I might become something great. As I was out walking, this text came with power to my heart, "Do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them" (Jer. 45:5). "Lord," I said, "I will follow Your counsel and not my own plans." I have never had cause to regret that decision. Always take the Lord for your guide, and you will never be wrong.Charles Spurgeon, Beside Still Waters, Ed. Roy Clarke (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1999), 361.