I can remember one English class where students were asked to write a paper for homework about what you wanted to be when you grow up. Other exercises were voluntary, seeking individuals who were willing to stand to share what occupation you wanted to pursue as an adult. During a Metropolitan Studies course in high school, my final assignment was a five year plan following graduation. At the time I wanted to be a Marine Biologist, hoping to land a position at Sea World in Florida after college. Looking back, I am no where near this childhood fantasy. In fact, at times, I feel like my life hasn’t amounted to anything.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope, Jeremiah 29:11.
The further anyone strays from high school dreams, college majors or the will of God, disappointment, emptiness and frustration follows. This void often reflects what is in your heart. When heart break and pain become reality to dissatisfied souls, what do you do or where do you go to find healing? As I fell asleep last night, these were the thoughts racing through my mind. Unfortunately, when I awoke hours later, nothing changed. Fortunately, there are answers in the Bible to help those wrestling with this blight.
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil, Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.
As an impatient person, solutions can’t come quick enough for me. Yet, Solomon attempts to simplify this process. If you want to regain some sense of direction, begin by fearing God and keeping the 10 commandments. Sure, this seems lame as skeptics mutter quietly, “are you sure about that,” but you have to begin somewhere. Once attention is fixed on loving the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind, perspectives on life usually changes. Although you may feel like a loser at times without anything to show for, reach out to God in prayer so that your eyes will be opened toward the next step to take in life. Meanwhile, hold on to Jesus until spiritual fruits begin to blossom.
by Jay Mankus