Story - Heather Poole - as told to Holly Poole.
There is a time after high school and before you enter ‘the real world’ where things get a little confusing, sometimes messy, and most likely quite stressful. I sat down with Heather Poole to talk about making hard decisions and planning for the future.
Enjoy your season...
Because this stage of your life is about learning and growing yourself, don’t try to rush the process. You’re only cheating yourself out of growing your own character.
Heather: The most important thing to remember while you're in school is to not get so caught up in your future plans that you lose sight of right now. You will lose sight of the life-giving lessons that you can learn in the classroom and in this stage of life. Because this stage of your life is about learning and growing yourself, don’t try to rush the process. You’re only cheating yourself out of growing your own character. When you rush the processes of life, you're taking away from the quality of your character.
In regards to making plans…
Heather: God created us with our own talents, creativity, and desires. He created us with our own ability to make decisions about what we do with those things. God’s plan for us may not be as specific as you think. The problem is, when we think of God’s will, we think of one specific path of decisions He has called us to and we have to find it. There is a certain college, a certain major, a certain job, a certain spouse, and a certain way to make every single decision in our life that is in the will of God. The will of God is this, (this is quoted from a sermon by Eric Johnson) 1) to be saved John 3:7, 2) to be filled with the spirit Romans 8:9, 3) to be sanctified 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7, 4) to submit yourself and do good 1 Peter 2:13-15, 5) to suffer for the sake of Jesus 2 Timothy 3:12. Where we go to school, where we chose to work, where we put our time and effort, those are the blanks that we fill in. Of course, when we are in God’s will, the Holy Spirit assists us in making those decisions, but you will never be able to make those decisions if you are waiting on a direct word from God about His complete will for you life.
Click here to listen to Eric Johnson's sermon 'God On Mute.'
As a young adult and student, you have to start making a lot of important decisions (maybe even for the first time). It is essential that you rely on God for direction. You can’t do it alone. However, don’t be ‘stuck in the waiting.’ Here are some ways to avoid that:
1. Take action.
If you have an idea for the thing that you want to do in the future but haven't had any confirmation from God, go try it out. The confirmation that you're looking for may be discovering through experience whether something is or is not a good fit for you. Take an internship or a job learning about the field that you are interested in. Go visit colleges, take opportunities as they are given, seek out the things that you want to do, even if you aren't qualified.
2. Ask for advice/assistance.
Go talk to your spiritual authority about your situation and ask them to pray with you. If there is a financial or some other kind of obstacle, seek out people that are able to help. Always, always, always, use your resources.
Be aware that there are so many other people speaking into your life, but the most important voice is His.
The best way to hear from God and not be stuck waiting is to have constant communication with Him. When He speaks, you will hear because you have been speaking to Him, you know His voice - you are in communion with Him. Be aware that there are so many other people speaking into your life, but the most important voice is His. Keep your focus on His voice. The closer you are to God, the closer your desires and His become the same.