After all, you’re on a journey to discover who you are, and in turn, discover God. What do you hope to see, feel, or experience as a result of these goals?
After you set a goal, you might ask yourself, why is this goal a goal? Romans 8:28 illustrates the idea that there is plenty of reason for endurance, and hardships and struggles are not only to be expected, but welcomed. After all, you’re on a journey to discover who you are, and in turn, discover God. What do you hope to see, feel, or experience as a result of these goals?
Strengths And Supports.
Work to identify strengths and supports you have in your life that will help that goal become a reality. Lean into ideas illustrated by Proverbs 27:17, which says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (New International Version). People have influence on one another, and who better to influence and support you, even challenge you, then your friends and family? And because this passage indicates iron sharpens iron (rather than a whetstone sharpening iron) it seems to highlight that humans, particularly men (depending on context and translation) have a tendency to have similar drives and passions – the same nature.
God’s will, will likely not just fall out of the sky and surprise you. It will take some action on your behalf. So, once you have some goals in place, compose some action steps to help those goals come to fruition. Proverbs 13:16 says, “All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly” (New International Version). It takes careful thought and deliberation to see a plan become a reality, and God’s will is likely no exception. If you’re serious about discovering God’s will for your life, determine action steps you will take to find it.
Discovering who you are is akin to discovering who God is, in the sense that the reality of imago dei (image of God) reigns supreme. Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers maintains that, “It indicates, first, that man has that in him which was not a development or evolution, but something new. He is, in fact, the most perfect work of the creative energy, and differs from the animals not only in degree, but in kind, though possessing, in common with them, an organised body. And next, it indicates the rejoicing of the Deity at the completion of His purpose.” The idea of creative energy and an organized body, here, perhaps lends itself to the idea that God’s will for your life might have some systematic elements to it, that you can discover it rather than have it bestowed upon you.