From Sean Nemeth
2016 is starting to be known as the year of change. From major athletes retiring to political terms ending, many people are turning the page to a new chapter in life. Although these individuals come from many different fields of life, the same question always seems to come up, “What’s next?” Entering my last year of college, I often get asked this question. At this point, I am not sure what God wants me to do when I graduate; however, I do believe that He will direct me on the right path. Change happens all the time, and really nothing that we can do stops it, but preparation allows each person time to figure out practical steps for leaving behind the stress and anxiety of this question
Ask God for wisdom.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” – James 1:5
Seeking God is probably the easiest yet hardest step in making any decision. In our culture today, we want God to deliver answers with Prime 2-Day Shipping, but most of the time that’s just not how He works. Since God has established our path, we need to trust that He will show it to us in His timing.
God will show you what’s next.
“The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand” – Psalms 37:23-24 ESV
Well, these verses pretty much take away a large chunk of the anxiety that comes with the big decision. This verse also gives you the comfort that although we might not make the right initial decision, God will still be by our side and in our plans, as the “what’s next?” are established by Him. While we still have to search out what the next part of your story is, comfort comes from knowing that if we are walking with Christ, we will always be in His plan.
Find out what God wants next for you with others.
“Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” -Proverbs 11:14 ESV
Don’t just keep making the decision on your own, allow someone who is grounded in their faith, and who will be bluntly honest with you, to give you advice and help keep you on the right path. In the field that I am pursuing, the majority of tasks require group work. From my experience so far, I have found groups bring a dynamic to the table that helps clarify direction, as having two or three differing opinions allows you to see the subject from different sets of eyes. This idea is also true when figuring out what God’s plan is for your life.
What’s next isn’t what identifies you.
During this past week, I’m sure that many of you saw the video of the Olympic divers David Boudia and Steele Johnson discussing how their identity was not in diving, but their identity was found in Christ. This perspective is so incredibly crucial to realize when trying to figure out “What’s next?”—knowing that whatever the new chapter in life might be is not what will truly identify you. The divers later went on to speak about how once they realized this concept they found peace. The same way that these Olympic divers were able to earn a silver medal, you can also overcome the fear and anxiety of deciding, “What’s next?”