What are you doing with your life?
I hear this particular question often. Not only do I hear this phrase asked to me in various ways, but I’ve noticed that I myself have uttered it quite a number of people. What are we looking for when we ask such a question? What answer would please us? Could it be that we are uncomfortable with unconventional responses to this question?
When a person asks me “what I’m going to do with my life,” I respond typically with the truth. That is: “Well I quit a job I absolutely loved in order to pursue what God called me to do this summer. I miss my job every day but I know God wants me in Guatemala at this time.” Before I can usually finish saying these things, I’m often met with the reply: “Oh I’m sure you can get your job back.”
Sadly I feel that well-meaning people miss the bigger picture in what God, is trying to accomplish in the lives of believers. Unfortunately, I fall into this category as well, as too often out of awkwardness I have asked God-fearing people the same question. Immediately after saying those familiar words I regretted it, as I watched them squirm to fetch an answer that would please my “worldy question.”
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himselfPhilippians 3:20-21
Should I have a plan??
Yes. The book of Proverbs is filled with wise instruction about living a prudent life. I don’t believe God desires us to be carless and make no preparations for the future. Having money to live was as much a reality 2000 years ago as it is today. God is not unaware of our needs. On another note, I’m not discounting the need to trust God with all our needs. I’m only emphasizing the need to be good stewards. God will fund “His plans” as mentioned in Proverbs 16.
All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Commit to the Lord whatever you do and all your plans will succeed.Proverbs 16:2-3
All hard work brings profit, but mere talk leads only to povertyProverbs 14:23
So what do you say??
I believe one could respond as the prophet Elijah responded to the Lord in 1 Kings 19.
“And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty!” – 1 Kings 19:9-10
I tell people that I am very passionate for God and His desires to bring His kingdom to Earth. God’s ways are higher that my ways and His thoughts are higher than my thoughts. I am open to whatever adventure He would like to take me on.