Encouragement for the Indecisive College Student

We’re so busy trying to provide for ourselves that we often miss God’s provision. Thanklessness is prevalent in our society but the Lord has not forsaken the righteous in war or in famine or in depression; He will not now forsake you on your career path even if it isn’t the most lucrative.

Don’t fear going into missions because of lack of possessions; fear lacking trust in the Lord.

Don’t feel like less of a Christian or like you’ll miss adventure if you become a nurse or plumber or teacher; seek intently after the Lord’s glory in all areas of life.

3. Comfort ought not [to] be the foremost concern

Sometimes and perhaps especially in America, comfort is a most addictive poison.

Of course, pursuing something you have no interest or talent in (an artist aiming for a chemistry degree or vice versa) merely for the sake of forcing yourself to be uncomfortable is unwise. God is completely able to make us uncomfortable on His own time for our good without any help from us.

We were all woven with the talents we have for a reason: to use them to magnify the Lord’s Name and show Him as supremely sufficient in all realms of knowledge (scientific, literary, aesthetic) as well as the pinnacle that all knowledge flows from and seeks to search out. But remaining “comfortable” should never take priority.

Choosing between schools, majors, internships, and a million other opportunities thrown at you can be difficult but don’t let the difficulty keep you bound in indecision. Be wise and discerning in your choices but most of all, ask for the Spirit’s help in being decisive and making your aim be God’s glory and the spread of His Gospel, be it in the medical field, the missions field, the teaching field, or the barista field. You are not called to know all the results of your decision before you make it; you are called to trust God.

The choices become easier when we set what God wants on the horizon and steer toward it rather than centering our decisions on what will bring us the most of X. We cannot make our choice out of FOMO (fear of missing out) while also making it out of fear of the Lord. Take heart that wherever you go — or wherever you stay — God is powerful enough to use you and to move you as needed for His glory. We have such little life but such a big God that we don’t have to fear choosing wrongly or choosing something with or without the most income; all we have to fear and follow the Lord himself, the most kingly Prince and wisest Counselor who became a carpenter.

–with encouragement toward decisiveness,

W.W.


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