Dear Younger Me,
Over the next few years, you’ll have to make some big decisions about your future – the kind of decisions where you want to be careful to make the right choice because you know the implications matter.
Strangely, as you get closer to God and become more concerned about seeking his will, you may find this gets harder.
As your desire to seek God grows, you will experience an increase in anxiety over whether the choice you are making is correct. I’ve experienced how that good desire can turn into a fear that paralyses you, leaving you unable to make any decision.
Let me share a few truths to encourage you:
If you are seeking God, he promises to guide you.
“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.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)
He will lead you on the right path. He is not trying to hide his will or to make you guess!
However, sometimes his guidance is not clear. You wish it would be written in the sky or that he would make it obvious, but it won’t always be as clear as you would like it to be.
God has given you common sense and he wants you to use it! In the absence of a clear sign from God, keep seeking him but also weigh up your options, listen to advice from others you trust, make a decision and step forward into it. Sometimes the actual choice you make doesn’t matter so much as the fact that you’re seeking God.
You will make mistakes at times, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. God won’t give up on you, and he can work even our mistakes into his plan.
You need to learn to trust God, but you also need to learn to trust yourself. If you’re not sure what else to do, use your common sense. If you go off course, God will guide you back.
These decisions can seem daunting, but they’re not always as big as we think.
This post is part of “Dear Younger Me…” – a series for Write 31 Days in October 2019.
Each day I am basing my writing on the one-word prompt provided. Today the prompt is “sense.” You can find an introduction to the series and an index of all the posts here, and you can find out more about the challenge and check out other people’s series here