How To Have Clarity In Life

It was in Calcutta that the ethicist John Kavanaugh met Mother Teresa at her centre. He came there to spend three months and to get a clear answer regarding his future. When Mother Teresa asked him what she can do for him, he asked for prayer.


At that point, she asked him his request. Happily and longingly he said, “Pray that I have clarity.”

She was quick to reply “No. I will not do that.” Then she said “Clarity is the last thing you are clinging to and must let go of.” Kavanaugh retorted that she seemed to have so much clarity – which is exactly what he wanted in life. But quickly she said, “I have never had clarity; what I have always had is trust. So I will pray that you trust God.*

Trust forfeits control and clarity. We work hard to devise a clear path to the plans we have for our lives. But life seems to ignore our plans and takes a path of its own. It goes completely out of our control. The steering wheel seems to turn on its own will. Then we see our plans in the “rear-view mirror.”

Job was a man who looked in his “rear-view mirror” and saw his plans left behind. Looking ahead, he only saw darkness, gloom, and death. But finally God broke through the darkness from above and gave him a new perspective. God said “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me if you have understanding” (Job 38:4).

He wanted Job to know that even if his life seemed to be completely out of control, God is the creator and holds everything in his hands.

So, what do you see in your “rear-view mirror”? Are your plans lying there all shattered with the broken pieces of your life?” Then when you look ahead what do you see? You don’t even want to think about it? Complete darkness? Now, its time to look up and trust God. He holds everything firmly in his hands.

One thing God asks of you is to trust him with your life: Your career, family, health, and all your dreams for the future.

Would you share what you see in your “rear-view mirror”?

Leave your response in the comments section of this blog post by clicking here.

*This story comes from Brennan Manning’s book Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin’s Path to God.


  1. nitin

    I often wished I had no rear-veiw mirror. I cry often thinking about what happened in the past and what I am now. I have been told not to live in the past; but my past has made me what I am. regarding clarity I love what Amy Carmichael told: ‘if the next step is clear, then the one thing to do is to take it. Don’t pledge your Lord or yourself about the steps beyond. You don’t see them yet.”

  2. C.T. Luiskutty

    Thank you for sharing this word. I often pray for clarity so that I can make right choices and decisions. Now I pray that I will be able to trust Him even when the way ahead does not seem to be clear and I become afraid of pot holes and the traps hidden there.

  3. Joshua Limbu

    I am so blessed to read this blog by Alexi George this late evening. I have found myself in this similar kind of situation for quite some time now. I have no other hope except God to intervene in my situation and make a way for me. How do I know that I trust God?

  4. Lydia Mathew

    Dear Sir Alexi

    Thank you for writing this. This is a very powerful article for sure. It has touched my inner being and I strongly feel God besides me. I trust in his forgiveness and unconditional love. His plan for us is the Best. Thanks.

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