Like most college students, I tend to constantly be preoccupied with my future.
Actually, like most people, I tend to be preoccupied with my future.
This is a common problem.
But college, especially, is such a transitional season. It seems that everything I do - choosing a major, getting internships, deciding which city to live in - is in preparation for the next step in my life.
As a Christian college student, the concept of "calling"
is of particular concern to me.
I find myself constantly wondering about God's call on my life, and, in turn, doing everything I can to navigate my path in the direction that I feel is consistent with this magical call.
Lately, however, I have been thinking about my calling A LOT. Because I am in the process of transferring to a new school, and because I will be a junior, I am now officially declaring a major.
I know this is an important decision. I would like to propose, however, that decisions like these are not as important as many Christians (including myself) usually make them out to be.
I was recently in a conversation with a dear friend who is going to be leaving for Mozambique, Africa in a month to do missionary work over the summer. She made an interesting point....
American Christians are so fixated on the concept of "calling" - "I am called to be a doctor" or
"I am called to be an artist" or
"I am called to be a stay-at-home parent".
But do we ever see this mindset portrayed by Christians in third world countries? No - the concept of a specific calling into a specific field is a foreign concept to them!
They realize that we are called to love God and love people.
Somehow, American Christians have managed to
complicate and incredibly simple command.
I am not saying that God doesn't sometimes nudge people in particular directions - of course He does!!!! I am simply saying that God is not limited by our choices. Worrying so much about whether my career choice lines up with the calling I think God has on my life is not giving God enough credit.
He is the God of the universe. If I abide in him, and I desire to follow his lead, it is pretty hard for me to get outside of his will.
Ultimately, it doesn't really matter if I major in political science or nursing. It's about who I am (a child of God) and not what I do! Whatever I do or don't major in, he will work with it.
So what now?
Love God. Love people.