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What are you going to do with your life?

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Recently I’ve had several conversations with people about their futures and what they are going to do with their lives. There’s this pressure put on everyone to know who they are, what they’re supposed to do, and start taking steps to accomplish it.

In high school you’re supposed to know what college to go to, in college you have to know what major or field to study in, once you’re out of school you’re supposed to have a career path, a plan, your future all planned out. I’m just one of the many who’s struggled with what I’m supposed to do with my life. And honestly I don’t have a specific plan, or in Christian terms, a calling.

But as I talked about this with other friends who are struggling with the same thing, I started to wonder if I really need to know. Then I came across this quote from the Valley of Vision.

“As I pursue my heavenly journey by thy grace
let me be known as a man with no aim
but that of a burning desire for thee,
and the good and salvation
of my fellow men.”

What if my goal or “aim” isn’t a certain career, or a job I love, or getting married and having kids? What if my only goal is to desire God, to know Him better, and to do good to my fellow humans and point them to who can save them? That can be achieved in any circumstance, at any age, in any place, with anyone who’s around me.

I still may have a job I pursue, or one day have a family, but the thing that defines my life, my relationship with God, won’t change. And what I do for God, because I love Him, will have the most significance.

So if you’re struggling with what you’re supposed to do too, take a step back and spend some time with God. He has the best, most fulfilling and awesome plan for your life, and He’ll help you take the next step in that plan for His glory and your good. He may not tell you what exactly He has planned (I still don’t know what He has planned for me) but He will be with you every step of the way. And ultimately, that’s a lot more comforting than knowing what’s coming.

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Have you ever had trouble waiting? I know I have. I have to admit there’s been a few times where I skipped to the last page of a book I was reading just to get a glimpse of how everything would turn out. Or if a movie I really wanted to see was coming out soon, I’d watch the previews over and over trying to see if there was any new bit of the storyline given away in the 90 second commercial.

It’s hard to wait, to go through all the hard stuff, not knowing what will come of it. It’s even harder in real life when there’s no way to skip ahead and read a few pages of the last chapter. I wonder why it is that we want to know the future. Why is it so hard to wait? Even waiting for an author to finish their next book in a series is excruciatingly difficult. I know my sister can’t wait for the next Heroes of Olympus book to come out, and I’m looking forward to Jeff Shaara’s new book too.

And yet, there’s always a time of waiting. Even in my own life there are times when all I seem to be doing is waiting. I feel like there is something coming, something around the corner, but I don’t know what it is, and all I can do it wait and see what happens. Well… not exactly. Actually, I’ve realized that there is a danger in focusing too much on the outcome, the future, the ending. It kind of ruins a book to know how it ends before you get there. And I can’t tell you have many movies were ruined for me because some friend had to tell me about the plot before I saw the film. There is something good about not knowing, and instead enjoying the moments I’m living right now.

Waiting is a hard thing to do, and I haven’t mastered it yet, but knowing there’s someone in control does make it easier. Just like an author of a novel is connecting characters and forming situations all directed towards a final outcome, I know that God is directing my life. And even though I don’t know exactly what my future holds or how it will all work out, I know it will. And that is comforting. It’s kind of like when I was watching the new Star Trek movie this weekend. There was a scene where Captain Kirk was dying from radiation, and during the whole death scene and even afterwards, I had this calming thought running through my mind that the main character can’t die so everything would somehow turn out alright. And it did, the crew found a way to save him, and the story ended happily. Just like I know my life will end up alright, even if I can’t see the future.

Where does it end?

You can only see one piece of the path at a time

So what do you think?

Do you have trouble waiting for things or not knowing where you’re heading?

How do you get through it?

I’d love to hear from you, feel free to leave a comment.

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