When I write or speak about working overseas, young Christians often ask how I knew God was calling me there. They come up to me all bright-eyed and hopeful about the future, yet unsure how to decipher God’s will for their life. I tell them a few simple things: Get Quiet As anxiety about the future mounts, we often become busy, distracted, and overly talkative. This is counterproductive. When praying about a new opportunity, make sure your heart is full of faith that God will guide you, and then wait in quietness and trustfulness until he speaks. Look for Supernatural Coincidences All of my major life callings have been preceded by strange, near-impossible coincidences. For example, I got connected with my current organization when I stumbled upon some missionaries in the Himalayan wilderness. While this may seem extreme, I see this same pattern everywhere I go: God goes out of…Continue Reading
Uncertainty and the Kingdom
One of the most common questions I get as a friend, mentor, and someone who is continually changing places is “Where should I go?”, “What should I do with my life?”, or “What if I miss what God wants me to do?”. Usually I laugh.. because I ask the same exact questions. Yet, the more that I continue to walk arm in arm with God, the more I’ve wrestled with questions like this. The more they actually become less and less about locations and time, and more about the deeper things of life. Passions, callings, purpose, dreams. Actually, the more I ask those questions, the more I come out on the other side believing that knowing for certain what I should ‘do’ or ‘where’ I should go isn’t really the right question (and not that there is right and wrong, but you get what I’m saying). My friend Dan Baumann…Continue Reading