The mind itself is not conscience, however. Conscience is the awareness that happens when data is supplied to the mind.
A Practical Approach.
Many wonder what God’s will for their life is, as if it is a thing rather than an actual person, experiencing life. Perhaps, for the Christian, the key to finding God’s will for your life is found in becoming more who you are, rather than entering into to a specific profession or institution.
If you want to know what God’s will for your life is, ask yourself what your core values are. Ideally Christians will find wisdom and value in scripture (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and shape core values accordingly. Romans 12:2 addresses a renewing of the mind that seems necessary in becoming who you are. In a sense, you have to lose yourself to become yourself. Bishop Butler asserts that the mind, in this sense, is neutral, and is informed by data. Abstractly, media understands this; but so does God. The mind itself is not conscience, however. Conscience is the awareness that happens when data is supplied to the mind. A core value for the Christian should be rooted in a renewing of the mind as it pertains to scripture.
If you could meet yourself in five years, who would you want to meet? Proverbs 21:5 says, “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty,” (New International Version). Patience in industry often leads to increase, but this increase does not have to be monetary. If you have a vision of who you want to meet in five years and work diligently to become that person, you will be rewarded along the way with experience, knowledge, and perhaps, an increase in finances; assuming the vision for yourself has some occupational implications.
Additionally, your vision should align with your core values. This will make the diligent work necessary to see that vision become a reality easier. If your vision is not rooted in your core values, there will be a conflict of alignment.
Goals should likewise align with your vision. These goals might be thought of as microprocesses that build up to the macro-vision. Ephesians 5:15 is translated, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,” in the English Standard Version. Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers maintains that this verse means to walk with purpose, carefully and strictly, because as the passage indicates, the days are evil; there is much to distract you from God’s will.
In part two of this post, we will be discussing needs, strengths, and action steps as it relates to discovering God’s will for your life.