Last night, I asked my husband a "simple" question: "What do you think I should do for my future career?" He gave me his answer(s) and then the conversation led to my fear of failure... my fear of letting others down... my fear of not being good enough to the world's standards.
I have absolutely no idea what I want to do after graduation and that has to be just about the scariest thing as graduation is fast approaching. It seems like everyone expects you to have it figured out, just because you've spent four years working towards a degree in a specific field or just because you're a certain age. And that is just not the case. (Although, I wish it was...)
As I was talking with my husband I realized that I have been thinking if I don't get a good job after graduation or if I don't do something different with my life right after graduation that I'm basically a failure. My identity and my hope is being put in what I'm going to be next.
I've been a student just about all 22 years of my life and that is soon going to change. Then what? What's next? Maybe you have the same questions for whatever season of life you're in. "What's next?"
"Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established."
I don't have the answer, but I do know that in order to figure out the next, we have to live in the now. There is obviously a certain amount of planning that should take place for the future, but living in the future is not the answer. We can worry all day about tomorrow, but if we're not focused on today then we won't be ready for tomorrow.
So I would like to present you with a challenge:
- Find people who will encourage you everyday.
- Stop living your life to please others.
- Focus on now, so you can figure out what's next.
- Don't try to live up to the expectations of the world.
- Live up to the expectations of God instead.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
So while we're out here in this world searching for more, searching for the next path, let's remember to follow the Guide. As hard as it sounds, we just have to learn to follow. We have to learn to follow the steps of the One who has given us breathe.
The steps won't always makes sense and sometimes you may even end up somewhere you don't necessarily like. But, it is only to teach you to listen, to learn, and to follow so that you can be trusted with the greatness that is next.
"Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess."