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I remember when I was graduating high school, a well-meaning friend was trying to help me figure out what degree I should pursue, because nothing sounded like an amazing fit for me. This friend asked me, “Well, what do you really want to do?”
Being the flustered teenager I was, I replied with something like, “Well...I really want to like, make big events happen, and bring people together--” And said friend interjected, shocked and with a tone that made my sweet, young, impressionable heart sink: “You want to be a secretary?! You’re way too smart for that!” I remember trying to spit out: “No! I don’t want to like answer phones and stuff...” as visions of a grey, dreary desk and telephone cord chains quickly invaded my mind. As their doctorate degree dreams for me disintegrated, they gave up on the conversation I realized I didn’t really have a name for what I wanted to do.
Thankfully, God has a perfect plan--better than my friend’s ambitions for me and my fumbled attempts at expressing my hearts desires. However, at the time, I really didn’t know what it would look like. So like a many a high school senior, I figured I’d just go for a business degree because, “Every job is a business!”
You may be in a similar situation. I’ve got a pro tip for you though: God is pretty cool. He actually lines everything out for us ahead of time, and so very often a situation that seems so confusing from the front actually makes perfect sense once you get out of it--once you get to standing in the right spot. Sometimes that perspective take years to find, and sometimes that right spot could be when we stand at Jesus’ side in heaven. But trust me--it exists.
Take the open door in front of you, the one that the mentor in your life says is wise, and that Jesus isn’t shutting in your face. You never know what skills you may learn, people you might meet, or what place you may end up in at exactly the right time.