Words by Brittany Pettinger
The future can be a scary thing. One moment you’re entering your first year of high
school, and the next you’re applying for
college or university. The pressure to have a
plan after high school can be overwhelming,
but it doesn’t have to be. Ultimately, it
comes down to what you want, not what
everyone else wants you to do.
When I was in Grade 9, I was already getting
asked, “What do you want to do when
you graduate?” Back then, I thought I was
going to become a paramedic. By the time
I reached Grade 12, my plans had changed
about ten times.
Almost everyone from my graduating class
decided to either work or attend college or
university. I ended up traveling to Ireland
with YWAM (Youth With a Mission) for five
months. I have officially been home for good
since February 2016. Throughout my time
traveling, I spoke to God about what I was
supposed to do when I finally came home.
After much prayer and consideration, I have
decided to get a degree in social work, which
I will be doing this fall.
It took me two years after high school to
decide what I wanted to do with my life.
It takes some people far longer than that.
There is no rule that says you need to have
a plan for your life by the time you’re 18.
God has gifted us with free will, and He
will always be there to help us with the big
decisions in our lives. “The Lord will fight
for you, you need only to be still” (Exodus
The world is a scary place, but if we truly
believe God has a plan for us, then we have
nothing to fear.
Who’s your favourite person in the Bible and why?
Peter. Even though he made mistakes in his walk
with Jesus, he went on to bravely preach God’s word
to the nations.
“All we have to do, is decide what to
do with the time that is given to us”
- J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings