Dear World Changer,
I am on the cusp of graduating university within a couple weeks (by the grace of God)! I’m sure like me you have spent a significant chunk of your life doing some type of schooling. For more than ten years the next phase of my life always involved school but now I’m approaching a season of life where school isn’t necessarily the next step. I have often found myself realizing I could literally go anywhere! At times, dwelling on this exciting but unpredictable season upon me has been a little overwhelming thinking about the endless possibilities of what I could be doing.
In navigating this upcoming season, I’ve learned the best way to approach it is to just take the next step. You may read this and think about your own life and say to yourself, “I don’t know what the next step is”. For each person, ‘the next step’ will look different. For me, the next step after graduating from university involves a few things. First, applying for an additional part-time job and completing graduate school application. Now, you may wonder how did I conclude that doing those things were my next step. First, I discussed it with my parents. I’m thankful for the good advice they’ve always given me. In addition to parents, turning someone you trust that knows you well for advice is a good option too. This is going to sound so cliché but after going to your parents or someone you trust you should commit your plans to God. A verse that is grounding me as I go forward is found in Proverbs 3:5-6. It says:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take” (NLT).
From this verse, the Lord taught me three things:
- Be anchored in your calling: Going through any season of life I have found is easier to do well when you’re aware of the calling Jesus has placed on you. The reason being you can put what you’re experiencing in a godly perspective recognizing that the purpose of where you find yourself is preparing you for your calling. Your calling is important and you need to hold on to it. If you don’t know your calling, that is okay. In fact, a wonderful journey lies ahead of you! Commit yourself to you consistently seeking Jesus to show you what He has anointed you to do. I say this from personal experience when I promise that He will show you.
- Prepare yourself for as far as you can see: I know I have been carried away with thinking I can plan my whole life! Life has a way of unfolding in ways we don’t anticipate. Now, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t have goals or prepare properly for the tasks before you. All I’m saying is in the midst of preparation, allow God to take you in a direction you may not have expected.
- Live in the present. Being in the season you are in NOW is just as holy as the seasons of life that are to follow it. Be in tune with where God has you now and when it’s time to move, He’ll direct your steps.
It’s impossible for us to predict what our future will be but we can trust in the One who holds our future. Be obedient to the path God has called you to walk. Choose to stay faithful to chart the course when it’s smooth or bumpy. All you need to do is be willing to take next the step or steps Jesus has lined up for you walk in not in fear, but in faith.