Are You Destined For A Specific Career?: Making the Gamble of Choosing A Passion
With the millions of choices placed in front of us through this life and the dozens of passions which develop, choosing what we ought to dedicate our lives to is no simple matter. In fact, it can be rather schizophrenic. It is as if we reach into the well that is our heart and only pluck out a few select things, laying the rest aside to languish. Having to randomly select which part of your soul you will not pursue for the sake of other passions and talents leaves one empty. Just ask the lawyer who wanted to be a musician, the teacher who wanted to be a farmer, or the fellow who cooks in the back at your local restaurant who always wanted to go to college, read books, and teach children.
Choosing between the practical and the “dream” is ubiquitous. Moreover, choosing between passions and talents because there is only time to pursue one or two is everywhere.
A close friend recently informed me of his continued struggle with writing. Having a deep passion for writing progressive Christian literature akin to Donald Miller or other such icons, this friend—not lacking in talent by any means—is torn within his soul. He is a brilliant researcher and academic writer, laudable musician, and a passionate rock-climber. All these things and so many more pull at his heart, demanding his devotion and attention. But between his two jobs, little time remains for all his passions. He must choose.
God gave him all of these passions and talents. He will no doubt use at least one of them for a career. Which one should he follow? If only a booming voice would erupt and the cosmic finger of God would just point him at the exact task for which he was made.
He is not alone is wanting such clarity.
I too have felt a deep, desperate, and heavy strain on what I should be doing with my life.
I desperately love writing for this blog and would love to be an author. I would love to become a pastor of some sort, going to seminary and pursuing theology. I would love to continue graduate school researching and studying Ancient History. And I wouldn’t mind just being a great High School teacher.
I am currently attempting to do all these things—to my utter exhaustion. I cannot continue to pursue all of these things. So the question is, what should I do? What passion should I sacrifice? Which talent or future should I abandon?
Often making such decisions feels more like a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors with the bearded-man up stairs. A game of chance. “Rock. Paper. Scissors. Dangit. Paper. Well, I guess I will be a professional ballet dancer.” Isn’t this how it goes? (at least in our conception of reality).
For a God who claims that he is always with us and will guide us in the path in which we should follow, it often feels like we are one our own. We just have to make a choice. Which should it be?
I wish I had an answer. An easier one.
We are simply charged to believe that He has our best life planned. This may not lead to mansions, caviar, movie-star spouses, or massive walk-in closets with tons of clothes, but it certainly will lead to God’s greatest glory and your most enjoyable life.
In the words of Paul the Apostle, “Nothing in His universe happens by chance or accident. For every effect there is a cause. God ‘worketh all things after the counsel of His own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory’” Ephesians 1:12
Every stray atom, every minuscule event, and every career decision has God behind it. When we believe this, we should be comforted. No matter what we might do, God is in control. But are we comforted? Do we believe these truths?
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