I’ve envied people who knew (as children) what they wanted to be when they grew up—and then became exactly that. I envied their clarity and confidence, because my own sense of calling hasn’t always seemed so clear.
Do you ever feel more like the latter, too? These days, discerning our callings can feel more difficult than ever.
Why is that?
Well, in general, we as women now have an unprecedented assortment of career, ministry, and life options. This isn’t a bad thing, but it does mean there is more competition for our clarity—and more potential for confusion.
Plus, social media and blogging have made it possible to access (and absorb) pieces of advice from our favorite ministries, celebrities, mommy-bloggers, CEOs, Bible study authors, and…you get the idea.
So not only do we have advisors in our actual communities, but our virtual ones as well. This abundance can leave us feeling overwhelmed, especially when we read, hear, or receive conflicting advice.
It’s exciting that God does give us opportunities to yield to Him and be conduits of godly advice. However, Scripture’s also clear that wise counsel can prosper us—but that not everyone with an opinion will have a wise opinion.
For example, in Genesis it was the seemingly barren Sarah’s advice to her husband, Abraham, that he should commit adultery with another woman—in order to produce the son that God promised the couple.
This is where discernment comes in.
To help you weed out the wisdom from the folly, here are seven questions to ask when someone gives his or her input about your calling: