What do I do with my life? It’s a question we all ask at one point, but now more than ever, we have an overwhelming amount of options. Not only do you need to decide what city to live in, but also what country. Not only do you need to figure out what school you go to, but even if you go to school—not to mention, what you want to DO wherever you choose to go.
Then, if you are wanting God to be in on this whole journey, He adds another element to your decision making. An incredible, life-changing element, but it’s up to you to decide if you want to bring Him in on it. That can be a scary thought—God doesn’t always shout or tell us what to do with a beaming light from Heaven.
But this is what He does promise—when you ask, seek, and knock, He will answer you and open doors (Matthew 7:7-12).
In no way is this supposed to be “the” guide to your decision-making. It can’t be. You have a unique journey and you deserve far more than a four-minute blog post to help you navigate it. But I pray that these ten tips would give you ideas on how to start knocking.
1. Ask God.
In John 10:27, Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”. The Bible is packed full of accounts of people hearing God’s voice and knowing what to do as a result. One way (of many!) to hear God’s voice is to start with a question (example, “God, what do you want me to do with my life?”), have your Bible on hand, and listen in a place with no distractions. Sometimes it can be the very first thought or verse that comes to your mind—write it down!
2. Give your worries and fears to God.
This seems like a no-brainer, at least we’re told to do it many, many times. But I know how hard it is! When I get stuck in hearing God’s voice (or even before I start), I often go through listing as many as my fears I can think of, literally saying “I give the fear of ___ to You”. Or you can write it down first, then read it aloud—saying it always helps make it so much more real for me.
3. Give your wants and desires to God.
What do you want? For a long time I didn’t think God cared about what I wanted. I even pretended I didn’t want anything so it would be easier to “do what God wants”. However, we all have dreams and desires—and like a good father and friend, God wants us to trust Him with those. So be honest, and let Him take care of you—the real you.