Have you ever asked yourself that question? I have found myself time and time again over the course of my life asking myself that question. The one question that never seems to yield a quick answer, but only more questions. You know the question… What should I do?
I have been in full time vocational ministry since 2004. I started in assistant leading a discipleship program until 2008 when I became the director myself. A thousand questions ran through my mind when I began to lead.
Who would follow me?
Did I have anything good to say?
How do I keep a budget? I never trained for this…
What if no one signs up?
What if I fail?
Will people think I am cool?
\\I know it’s sad to say, but I was concerned and thought these things mattered\\
Was the thing I was about to commit my life to really going to have an effect on anyone?
My list of questions could honestly go on for days, but one question I still ask myself today is, “what if they don’t believe me?”
Year after year I have the opportunity to lead college age students and it seems like they all have the same questions: What am I supposed to do? What is God calling me to? What am I supposed to do next? My answer to those questions rarely waiver. I honestly find it to be a simple answer. Simple answers never seem like they will work, but 9 times out of 10 it is the simple answer we need.
Sometimes we get so focused on the “next”, we forget about the “now”. What did God call you to now? How did you get here? Why do we get so busy asking God whats next when we are in the middle of what he has called us to now? It simply doesn’t make sense… We get so focused on the next that we forget to pour ourselves completely into our now.
So as I sit here typing I find myself asking that question again… What should I do? I don’t want to fill this page with seemingly empty rhetoric that we have heard our whole lives. I simply would like to mention two scriptures.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. -Galatians 6:9 ESV
Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” -Luke 9:62 ESV
- If you find yourself asking, “what should I do,” most of the time the answer is simple. Keep doing the last thing God told you to do with all of the passion you can pour into it. Be faithful with whats in your hand now, and don’t let your eyes wander. What has our focus will have our energy.
- If you find yourself asking, “what if I miss it,” trust that God will be faithful. We often tell ourselves if we are not continually asking God what we are supposed to do that he will forget about us, or He will not remember that we have desires and dreams too. God is faithful! Don’t grow weary in doing all God has called you to now, because it is in that faithfulness that you will reap a harvest.
- Finally if the first two thoughts don’t help and you find yourself saying, “but I want…,” then I think it may be time to listen to your words. When “WE WANT” we usually try to bend Gods words and the scripture to fit our needs. God’s voice never sounded so fickle as when we christians who think mostly on what we want, and less on what God said, start to use that phrase. It’s like the high school girl who breaks up with her boyfriend because “God said”. I think we use the “God said” card way to often, because more often than not, we can replace “God said” with “this is what I want”.
So what should we do? We should do what God said first and let Him open up the conversation about whats next when He wants to. Until then simply be diligent in your now!