Here at Project Inspired, we frequently talk about God’s calling. Each of us was created with a purpose. God in His grace allows us to participate in His saving plan for humanity, working with the gifts He gives us. But what if you don’t know what your gifts are?
If you’re unsure of your dreams or passions, you’re not alone! Many young men and women struggle to determine which direction their lives should take. Good news: You don’t have to have it all figured out! But you can take some steps to find direction and determine your God-given passions. Doing so will help you save time and money in your college pursuits, as well as determine your future career. And most of all, it will mobilize your gifts for the glory of God.
Here’s where you can start.
Take a Career Test
Similar to a personality test, a career test takes into account your skills, interests and personality type to suggest a list of potential careers. Each career choice will be coupled with a percentage match. For instance, if you’re skilled in English and writing, the career test might suggest “Editor: 80% match.” This is a great way to get ideas for your future endeavors.
Do a Job Shadow
Once you’ve taken a test or narrowed down your interests, look into job shadowing opportunities. Job shadowing is simply following a professional through an average day. Most professionals will let you watch what they do for an afternoon, especially if you’re considering a position in their field! Their passion is contagious, and it’s a great way to find out if a career is for you.
To find job shadow opportunities, start with family friends and acquaintances. Make some calls to local businesses. See if you can sit in the office for a day. Most people are more than happy to accommodate curiosity.
Look at Your Gifts
Each of us is given a gift by God. Are you skilled in art? Love to dance? Excellent at math? Whatever your gift, God has given it to you for a purpose. You might not see that purpose right now, but He is working in you for the future! Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see much fruit from your gift yet. This might be a season of growth rather than a season of blooming. Get to know your skills and invest in yourself. Find what you love and what inspires you, and pour into those parts of yourself. Don’t waste a minute, and don’t waste your gifts!
Ask God for Wisdom
Finally, ask God for wisdom. If you’re unsure about your passions—what they are or what they’re supposed to be—ask Him to show you where your skills and interests intersect. Ask for the wisdom to identify the gifts within yourself and for opportunities to use them. God delights to engage with us, but too often we try to deal with personal struggles without ever asking Him for insight. So ask! Press into His will and He will reveal the purpose He has created within you—one step at a time.