Question: I Have No Idea What I’m Doing

Anonymous asked:

I feel stuck and feel like I have no direction and calling despite my education. I want to trust that God has a plan for me, but I cannot discern a specific heart or calling for anything. I feel like I’m wasting this life he’s given me. I don’t know what to do.

Good news, my friend. Welcome to the real world.

I don’t mean to sound callous here, but don’t panic: you’re not experiencing anything different than the other billions of human beings in the world who aren’t sure what to do with their lives.  That sort of Limbo-Floating at any stage in life is expected, and though that might not be comforting, you’re NOT crazy.

It took me about seven years to graduate college, and I went to three different ones for undergrad (two of them community colleges, both which were great: so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise).  I changed my major roughly three times — Undeclared, Biology, English, and finally Psychology.  And as I was on my way to being a doctor, I got called to seminary.  By this time I was in my mid-twenties.  So it took a while to “discover” myself.

The important thing, firstly, is to not feel bad about feeling bad.  If you feel like you’re “wasting your life,” then don’t start wasting your life on wasting your life.  Unless you’re shooting up heroin and beating up hookers with a spatula, you’re probably exactly where you should be: seeking.There will be some anxiety, but you’ll need to run through that like a giant stocking.

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Quote: May God

May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships,
So that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain to joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done,
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.


— Franciscan Benediction