What’s Next?

Duane Vander Klok

The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’ Psalm 32:8 (NLT)

Have you ever dreamed about your future and asked yourself, ‘what was I created to do?’ Sometimes the question is formatted in a slightly different way, ‘what am I supposed to do next?’ or ‘what college do I want to attend?’ or ‘what job do I want?’ So often, we ask ourselves these questions and try to answer them on our own. Some of us even sit down and start writing out all of the options, and all of the ‘pros’ and ‘cons.’ What if I told you, however, that asking ourselves this question is the wrong starting point.

So often our answers are based on physical and emotional comfort. They are based on the underlying question of ‘what will make me the most money,’ or ‘what do my parents expect me to do?’ Physical and emotional comfort is not a bad thing, but they are not the greatest when measured against God. You see, our prayers shouldn’t become an internal dialogue with ourselves weighing out all of the possibilities, but instead an open conversation with God.

After all, God created you and me with unique gifts, talents, and purposes for our lives. If we are going to ask the question, ‘what should I do next,’ shouldn’t it be brought before the One who has the road map in His hands? What’s more, the road doesn’t necessarily lead to any earthly benefit, those are merely a temporary byproduct, but the true reward is God Himself. The reward is wholeheartedly following Him in everything that you do.

This week, let’s give Him the glory and honor in everything that we think, say, and do.