Inside: God has a purpose for us on Earth, which will prepare us for our forever role in Heaven. This is how we define mission, we have a unique job here that we can only do. What if we miss our mission, so shouldn’t we be seeking out His guidance?
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My daughter will be a sophomore in high school this year. She has been wrestling over what classes to take to jump-start her college career.
She has been looking up different careers but is feeling frustrated.
How does one decide a career when all they’ve done is be in school?
If I go back in the past, I remember feeling this way. This was a huge decision, and I didn’t want to make a bad choice.
What if I got that decision wrong?
Following Our Own Path
When I did a Google search about picking the wrong career, many results came up. Obviously, this happens a lot.
Many people are also working in jobs they dislike. According to Forbes, 70% of people hate their jobs.
Are these people seeking God’s guidance?
How would you define mission?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word mission means a specific task with which a person or a group is charged or a calling, vocation.
You have a Unique Mission
God has a purpose for us on Earth, which will prepare us for our forever role in Heaven. Shouldn’t we be seeking out His guidance for major life decisions such as a college career or long-term job?
I didn’t pray for guidance or wisdom during this period. Looking back, I’m shaking my head. Why didn’t I?
I think that I felt I knew better than God.
I wanted control of my own destiny. If I left it to God, I thought I’d end up being a missionary in a far-off land?
Isn’t it bad that’s where I thought God would choose?
How do we nudge our children closer to God as they become of age and these decisions become real?
Praying for Wisdom
As a parent, I need to remind my kids that God is the Ultimate Guidance Counselor. He promises to give wisdom when we ask.
5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. (James 1:5, NLT).
3 Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come (Jeremiah 33:3, NLT).
This is a deliberate action to get closer to God. A daily choice to make time for God. God can give His best guidance when we are in an intimate relationship with Him.
47 Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God (John 8:47, NLT).
Accepting the Path
God uses all situations to prepare us. Sometimes it’s not what we would have chosen, but He has our best interest at heart. He knows us better than we know ourselves. If He knows what will truly make us happy, wouldn’t we want that?
Jumping Even When I Don’t See My Landing
God wants us to walk in faith and obey Him right away. If we drag our feet we miss the blessings that come with obeying Him. Many times these blessings aren’t physical things, but rather heart things. Gifts such as compassion, self-control, gentleness, love, kindness etc. (for more gifts look up fruits of the Spirit).
Trusting the Pilot
Now that my daughter is embarking on the beginning of her life’s journey, I’m praying and reminding her of the Best Pilot for her life. He will not only keep her on the path but hold her up when she experiences turbulence along the way.
How much smoother and less stressful that time frame would have been for me had I turned to God and put Him in the driver’s seat.
As parents, we need to nudge our kids closer to God. It means, continuing to suggest amidst the eye-rolls, and praying that our children will find a storehouse of knowledge within the Bible for every life decision.
The Pilot prepares the plane for the best path.
God is anxiously waiting for our children to ask for wisdom and to give control over to Him. He wants to help our kids find fulfillment in their roles and happiness that goes beyond this life.