When you’re in college, it’s pretty overwhelming how often people ask the dreaded question, “What are you planning to do after you graduate?” Now, these people ask with good intentions because they love and care for you. We know that. However, just the mere thought of having to apply for jobs and interview for different positions can send shivers up my spin. It’s not that I am scared about which job I get, it’s all the stuff leading up to it, and then the eventuals- figuring out salaries, benefits, and where I do even want to live after I graduate?? Should I go abroad for bit, join Americorps, go to Grad school, or move to a different city? There are so many things to think about. Hence, the overwhelming feeling we soon-to-be graduates feel.
But I’m not here to complain.
I’m here to talk about God. And what He has planned for my life. And for all of our lives.
Each path we take is uncharted territory. God calls us to venture further and farther through valleys and peaks, forests and rivers. Sometimes God doesn’t give us a map and that’s okay. But He’s given us a light. His light. His light that will guide us. God doesn’t expect us to always shine because He is the shining light that will cover us when we fall into the shadows. He knows the path we will take and has paved that rocky road because He has given us the strength to handle it. God knows the big picture. And all the little things along the way are building up to His great plan for our lives.
I know I am not alone when I struggle with determining what the call for my life is. Most people seek the reason of ‘why’ they are alive on this earth and what their purpose is in being here. They want to know that their life will be meaningful and that their specific calling will be of purpose. For me personally, I am struggling with discerning my gifts and talents in order to figure out how to best decipher my calling in life. Discerning the call or vocation with which I spend the rest of my days doing? That’s when I lay down at God’s feet and surrender to Him. There are so many other layers to who we are than what we do. Work can be meaningful and purposeful but nothing brings me greater joy than my relationship with God.
I am Christian and I know that I am on earth to fulfill God’s primary purpose for my life; to love Jesus and love others, walk with His people, make disciples, and love like Him.
We can’t beat ourselves up about not knowing what to do for the rest of our lives. We just have to make small, tiny steps in the right direction- we don’t have to run. But we have to be willing and brave enough to take the risk and venture further and further to reach our dreams. The moment your dreams start coming true is the moment you start walking towards them. We can do it, I promise. Our futures are as big as the faithfulness of God. Graduating from college doesn’t have to be scary- it’s the beginning of anything you want. Growth is coming, and it’s good.