Should I pursue a job going back into the work force, or should I take my writing hobby and try to turn it into a career? What kind of job should I pursue? Should my writing be ministry focused or should I be seeking to make a living at it? What should I write about? Should I spend money on a career that isn’t making me money yet?
These are some of the questions I was asking myself and asking God in the last year. With my oldest daughter off to college and the younger two kids in high school, my time has become more flexible.
I want to serve the Lord with my life. But what path accomplishes that for me?
I pursued a couple of jobs and doors clearly closed on those. So, I signed up for a writer’s conference and headed out seeking some guidance and clarification from the Lord.
We all face times of decision. What school do we choose? What career path is for us? What job should I take? Should we move? Should we change churches? Should we participate in a certain ministry? What kind of school should we choose for our children?
We ask WHAT we should do. We ask WHAT choice we should make. We ask WHAT place we should live. We ask WHAT ministry he wants us in.
We are asking the wrong question.
Some of these questions matter less to God than the state of your hearts. You can serve God well in either job you choose. You can love God in either ministry. You can please God in any city.
On the other side, you can ignore God in any job or career. You can please yourself and be prideful in any ministry. You can pursue your own pleasure and comfort in any city where you live.
In seeking direction from the Lord for the next step, I forgot that my heart is his big concern. Whatever I do, I need to do it as if working for him. Am I working for him?
God did give me direction and wisdom. He did guide my steps. I took the step to start writing on a blog.
Isaiah 20:21 says, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”
Let me clarify that God does have steps and a plan for the details of our lives. But the next time you are seeking wisdom on a decision, first ask God HOW he wants you to feel, think, and react in the process of making your decision. Then ask him WHAT to do. I find that God usually doesn’t give me the whole plan. He just shows me the next step. Take that step, then wait for him to show you another.