We’ve got it wrong. We’ve got it desperately wrong.
No matter what path your life is taking, whether academic and leading you to higher education, or
vocational and leading you to apprenticeship, there are phases in each of these paths in which decisions have to
be made and changes have to be dealt with. It’s all about perspective, and we’re just not doing it right.
Behind each of these directions is the blaring truth that it’s not about God. I am currently heading towards the
finale of my undergrad, and the question of the year has been, “What do you plan to do with your life when
you graduate?” The questions always focused on me. Who do I want to be, how am I going to provide for myself, what’s going to make me happy? Silly me, I haven’t come up with an answer yet. But maybe that’s a good
There is so much pressure, at all phases of life, but especially when young, to have a clear vision of what career
you want, and what life-goals you have. And it’s all so very worldly. This self-centered perception removes all
elements of trust and faith in something else when facing the unknown. If we have it under control, there’s no
longer space for God. I know this because I’ve seen the panic in classmate’s eyes when they talk about their
future; heck, I’ve seen it in my own. The root? It’s in the worry of losing purpose.
You see, without Jesus, purpose comes from the world’s validation. You long to know you have an acceptable
job; the correct income to provide “sufficiently” for your family, and that you did live up to something after all.
But that’s not what us, as Christians, ought to be living for.
We already have our purpose. We’ve had it since the moment we dedicated our lives to Christ and
started on a journey of healing with Him. Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with
all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it;
Love your neighbor as yourself; All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments,” Matthew
A wise friend of mine once told me that I can go anywhere and be doing any job and still have an incredibly
fulfilling life, if I am living in the knowledge that my purpose extends beyond this world, and is not defined by
my occupation or education level. Therefore, the changes that come with graduation, or any other life event,
should be met while living in the grace of God, knowing that each day is a gift from Him and no matter where
life takes us, He will go before us and He is our purpose.
It affects everything, and it’s life altering. It’s time we, as Christians, start living counter-culturally and
acknowledge there is more to life than our paychecks, and our titles. We are sons and daughters of the living
King ( 2 Corinth 6: 18), and that should always be enough.