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.
4. Ask your family and friends.
Your family and friends have known you for a LONG time, and they usually have a pretty good idea on what you’re passionate about. Process what you’re thinking and hearing with them, and if they’re Christians, ask them to pray with you, too. Having people journeying with you doesn’t mean they make decisions for you, but it means you don’t have to go it alone.
5. Look at the Bible.
Without all this, the Bible already has some great career advice. Look at the “Greats”: the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. Jesus says the most important thing is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbour as ourselves (Mark 12:28-34). Then He commands His followers to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Finding a community passionate about the “Greats” is a perfect place to start.
6. Look at your heroes.
Who has your dream job? It doesn’t mean you're destined for that exact occupation, but just taking the time to
7. Look at your childhood dreams.
What did you want to be when you grew up? What did you spend hours doing as a kid? Surprisingly enough, God has been involved in your life long before you were aware of it. Take the time to remember your childhood dreams and you may find a passion that you forgot.
8. Look at your favourite stories or movies.
What stories do you read or watch over and over again? Think about them a little more in detail, even draw a brainstorm. What do you love about them? Even fantasy stories can hold clues to our future—for example, I’ve always loved Lord of the Rings and now I live in New Zealand!
9. Ask Google.
Yes, really. Sometimes we have a crazy idea about a type of ministry or job we want to do, but we don’t think it exists. It’s amazing what you can find with a quick Google search—sometimes it’s exactly what you’ve been looking for!
10. Take a step.
Deciding what to do with your life can be overwhelming—but sometimes it just starts with a step. You don’t always know the whole story when you start, but that shouldn’t stop you from making a decision, even if it’s a small one. Finally, wherever you go in your life, whatever you decide, Jesus promises in Matthew 28:20: “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”