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So when I was ten or eleven I thought God was calling me to be a missionary. I didn’t think about it much at the time but it lasted for maybe a year. Then it started to feel like an obligation that I would have to fulfill some day and I kind of lost the connection. Then this year It started to really freak me out. Some disturbing thoughts came into my head and I worry that God wants me to do one of the things in my thoughts, like become a missionary right after high school, or go on a mission trip right now., even though my parents and I both sense that I’m not supposed to do that right now. Honestly, I really don’t want to be a missionary anymore. I like helping people, but I don’t want to be a missionary. I feel trapped though because I’d like to pursue something else, like helping disabled children or being an athletic trainer or coach, but I feel like I can’t because I supposedly am ” called” to missions. Do you think I could do something else first for a while? I would really like to.

January 8, 2015 at 03:58


Remember that just because you have a thought about being a missionary and would like to do something like that, it doesn’t necessarily mean that God is calling you to it. Mission work is great of course, but God isn’t going to call everyone to be a missionary in some foreign country. Sometimes he calls us to be missionaries here at home, to friends and family and whoever we meet. And helping people in other ways is also a great thing to do that will honor God at the same time. Ultimately, whatever you chose is a great way to honor God, so do what YOU want to do.

January 8, 2015 at 11:17


Hi! ^_^

Something my mother told me popped into my head when I read what you had typed, which is; “God will put the desire in your heart if its meant for you.”

Of course, its always good to remember these verses:
Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself also in the LORD; and he shall give you the desires of your heart.

If you’re not quite sure what that Bible verse means:


Also, God might not put certain desires in your heart in the present time. He might wait 2 months, 2 years, or even two weeks from now!

If you feel as if God is ever calling you to do something, some things my youth pastor told me would be wise to do are:
Pray for guidance and clarity.

See if it glorifies God.
Even something God is not calling you to do can glorify Him, but this is always good- great- to check just in case.

Ask people you know and trust.
Explain your thoughts and see what they have to say with honest consideration in their opinion; but overall let God tell you, not what “most people are saying”.
But what most people are saying could also be a sign from God, so that’s why I think its best to pray about it so He can tell you.

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Hope I helped! Thanks again for your responses to my questions! 🙂

January 8, 2015 at 21:44


I know how you feel. I have went through something similar to what you are currently going through. I also felt the call to become a missionary when I was younger and then it became an after thought for a while. After I had graduated from High School it came back to the front of my thoughts. After talking to an elder from my church she helped me to realize that maybe God didn’t want me to go to a foreign country to be a missionary, maybe He wanted me to be a missionary in my own backyard. I am currently pursuing a degree that is not relative to ministry or missionary work, but I try to do some volunteer work on the side.

The fact that you want to work with disabled children or be a coach/ trainer could be a mission in and of its own. God wouldn’t call you to do something He didn’t know you would do. Don’t feel like he wants you to do it right now. He’s preparing you for the future. You may not have to travel to be the missionary He wants you to be. Try looking for things in your own town that could be a starting point for you. Keep trusting Him and praying and you will do great things!

Love and Prayers,

January 9, 2015 at 22:45
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Thanks guys! You all have made me feel better!

January 10, 2015 at 05:45
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