“Help! What Does God Want for My Life?”
Written by Ask Olivia | April 1, 2015
I recently graduated college and I don’t know what to do from here. I’ve prayed for God to show me what He wants for my life, but I continue to feel directionless. I feel like I don’t have any valuable talents or abilities, or any true passion that God can use for the glory of His kingdom, and it’s starting to wear on my confidence as a Christian and as a young woman. Any advice on my next step?
Hey girl, thanks for your question.
I think that it’s fantastic that you have a desire to do God’s will. You recognize that your life is really not your own, but rather His.
First and foremost, we should all recognize that God’s desire for all of us is to know, love and serve Him. So, regardless of your career path, this should be your ultimate goal in all aspects of your life. Which brings me to my next point.
Your career path shouldn’t define you or be your only method of glorifying God. Your life as a whole should focus on this. So don’t be so anxious about finding that specific job that encompasses a particular talent that God can use to do His will. You are His instrument. You should work on being a light regardless of whether you become a Christian singer or a dishwasher at a restaurant.
You see, you can make an impact in the lives of everyone you meet, from a person you meet on the street to a work colleague.
When it comes to work, I can’t give you any ideas for future endeavors, because I don’t know what you like to do. But in order to know what direction to go in, you should know what you enjoy doing. And you should know what you’re good at that you enjoy doing. Don’t assume that you don’t have any valuable talents or abilities, because oftentimes we overlook our own value.
Maybe you don’t have a musical, artistic or mathematical talent, but maybe you’re a nurturer, an organizer or an animal lover. These are all characteristics that can be used to glorify God. For example, while some would argue that stay-at-home moms have no value, God looks to them for instilling a Godly home and nurturing, teaching and guiding their children to live Godly lives.
Regardless of what society—or even we ourselves—may deem valuable, there is value in everyone and in every endeavor.
So, here’s what I think you should do:
- Decide how you can better know, love and serve God. Make these your life goals.
- Make a list of the things you enjoy doing. Then make an honest list of the things you’re good at. This will give you an indication of some kind of direction to head in.
- Don’t expect answers immediately. Focus on a path that incorporates your interests and find ways to love and serve God as you go, whether it’s through your work or at your church. The answer will come to you eventually.
- Don’t stress over it. Put your anxiety in God’s hands and let Him guide you.
- Pray. I know you are praying now, but continue to do so. God knows you’re reaching for answers. Just remain strong in your faith and your desire to please Him. God will use you when the time is right.
- Listen. God will answer you. So take time to listen when you pray. You won’t hear Him if you’re focused on yourself rather than on Him.
Good luck and God bless!
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