Choosing a Life Path

Florida Keys with Prayer Warriors 009Exciting.  Overwhelming.  Fear.  Joy.  Elation.  Petrified.  Confused.…..

Which of these words describe your experience of choosing a life path?  While this is an exciting time of life, it comes with mixed emotions.  After all, when you are selecting a direction that will impact you and your future family’s future it can be daunting.

Presently we are helping our son through the process of setting a life course by choosing a field of study and the best qualified university. We have found many commentators with strong opinions: “Well, what is wrong with X University??!!” says the Alumni, as though there is no where else to consider. Well, I do not know enough to say what is wrong or what is right, can you tell me a little about X University and why it would be the best fit for our son?

Many people have graciously tried to steer us to their university of knowledge.  I choose “knowledge” over “choice” because sometimes I believe that is how decisions are made.  We choose the familiar over what is unknown.  My challenge to those seeking a new life path, whether it be a college/university, a new career; or major life change [divorce, death, etc.]: Do your homework!  How can you know what you do not know? Ask yourself these questions: What are all of the possibilities available to me? Where are they located? What is the road marked out for me? Will it be one less traveled (i.e., I will go alone while my friends go elsewhere or perhaps it is a less known path)? If so, this will take more effort to dig and find the gem waiting for you in the rough. Research until you are confident you have the necessary information to make an informed decision.

It does take time, effort, and patience to thoroughly investigate, however, with the internet this process is drastically simplified.  A quick search brings a plethora of opportunities that you may not have known even existed! Or you may be reminded of a small college in your state that you had forgotten about.

Set your goals in writing.  Be sure to asses your learning styles and personality.  Large or small school? Is application of theory and experiential learning important?  If so, you will seek a college that offers internships or co-op programs.

Do your homework.  Rev up your search engine first.  Next, call friends, businesses, and any possible leads you can drum up to get more information on the college or job of your dreams.  Ask the questions to help you determine if this is the type of work you will enjoy doing for many years to come.  Will the income support the lifestyle you desire?  Is the job static?  Are there opportunities to travel or re-locate.  These are merely a few thoughts to get you started.

What are the available resources at your destination [school or job]?  Does the job pay for a portion of your college expenses?  Does your school offer the latest technology and/or provide co-op opportunities? Are they able to provide scholarships?

Exercise your faith.   God promises to provide wisdom, when we seek Him (James 1:5). “Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

Consider the cost last.  This may sound like a crazy idea, however, I have witnessed the power of creativity and the provision of miracles.  One cautious and worrisome mom shared the powerful story of her son applying at a high priced private college of his dreams.  He did so against her will, as it was not possible for the family to pay the tuition.  Well, in God’s gracious ways the young man was not only accepted, he received nearly a the entire balance of his college career prepaid by outside sources!

Now it’s up to you. I leave you with the wise words of Dr. Seuss, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

 Dr Seuss Life Direction

 

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